Response of PM Netanyahu's Office to Abu Mazen's Speech
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has released the following
statement in response to Abu Mazen's speech:
"Abu Mazen's speech was deceitful and encourages incitement and lawlessness
in the Middle East.
In contrast to the Palestinians, Israel is strictly maintaining the status
quo on the Temple Mount and is committed to continuing to do so in
accordance with the agreements between us and the Jordanians and the Waqf.
We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act
responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and
enter into direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions.
The fact that he – time and again – has refused to do so is the best
possible proof of the fact he does not intend to reach a peace agreement."