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PA’s Abbas said trying in vain to hold meeting with Ra’am chief Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left), and Israeli lawmaker Mansour Abbas (right). (Flash90; Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left), and Israeli lawmaker Mansour Abbas (right). (Flash90; Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for months has been trying unsuccessfully to hold a meeting with Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas, Channel 12 news reports.

The Ra’am chief, whose Islamist faction is part of Israel’s ruling coalition, has yet to respond, according to the network.

“If I meet with [Mahmoud Abbas], it’s a controversy, and if I don’t meet with him, it’s a controversy,” Mansour Abbas says in an interview with Channel 12. “Let’s let time do it’s thing.”

The Palestinian Authority leader has recently held meetings in Ramallah with several Israeli ministers, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the first senior Israeli official that Abbas has hosted in a decade.

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