White House praises Abbas for calling on Hamas to reach a deal with Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ramallah, February 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ramallah, February 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan hails Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for publicly calling on Hamas to reach a truce agreement with Israel.

Asked about Abbas’s comments during a White House press briefing, Sullivan says that not enough members of the international community have been directing their calls at Hamas and are exclusively placing the burden on Israel.

“Hamas has to account for itself as well. Hamas is hiding amongst civilians… in ways that also put them at risk, and so some of the international community’s questions and pressure should be on Hamas,” Sullivan says.

“Abbas coming forward to do that today is kind of unusual because there hasn’t been enough of that from enough voices in the international community,” Sullivan says.

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