Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he is ready to talk about peace propositions with Israel and begin towards a new path of peace between the two nations in the Middle East. Such an announcement is unprecedented, and media is reporting that Abbas’ change in attitude comes after a recent conversation with President Donald Trump.
During a recent conversation with President Trump, Abbas, who had previously held the stance that they will not negotiate unless Israel stops “building settlements” on “Palestinian territory”, Abbas’ said he is now ready to work on peace. Trump has a scheduled meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also supposed to confirm that he is ready for peace agreements with the Palestinians.
The Daily Caller reports:
Abbas, who has in the past said he would not negotiate with Netanyahu without Israel halting its settlement construction, issued several statements to show he would be willing to compromise. According to JP, Abbas says he would start up the talks again with Trump’s support and without prerequisites.
Additionally, Abbas sent his aides to the media to say Palestinians are ready to cut a deal on land exchanges with Israel, which would mean a number of West Bank settlements would stay part of Israel in a potential future agreement.