Ya’alon says Abbas ‘not a partner’ for permanent peace deal with Israel

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Credit: Reuven Kapuscinski.

(JNS.org) Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Saturday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is not a partner for a permanent peace agreement” with Israel.

“Abbas has resorted to the Oslo trick, no recognition and no promises,” Ya’alon told Israel’s Channel 2 network. “Abbas is a partner who takes, not a partner who gives. He is not a partner for a permanent peace agreement that includes recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. He just takes back prisoners.” Israel has so far freed 78 Palestinian terrorist prisoners as part of the American-brokered peace talks.

Abbas recently said there is “no way” he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called it a “mistake” for Israel to ask for such recognition. 

“I am not sure Kerry is a fair mediator,” Ya’alon said. “We’ll see at the end of the process.”

Posted on March 16, 2014 .