The Prime Minister’s Office denies a reported claim by PA President Abbas that Netanyahu agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 lines.
“Absolutely untrue,” says the PMO, of a report carried by Haaretz to the effect that Abbas made the claim during a televised interview. The Haaretz report from earlier tonight did not say which station televised the statement, nor did it specify when Abbas claimed Netanyahu agreed to such terms.
Netanyahu, it might be recalled, rejected negotiations on the basis of the pre-1967 lines when Secretary of State John Kerry launched his unsuccessful effort at peace talks last year. And in recent weeks, the prime minister has said the conflict with Hamas underlines his concern with the need to maintain security control of the West Bank to ensure that the West Bank not turn into another Gaza.