Netanyahu: Abbas untruthful when he told Trump Palestinians teach peace
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had been untruthful when he told US President Donald Trump that the Palestinians educate their children to seek peace.
"I heard President Abbas say yesterday that the Palestinians teach their children peace," said the prime minister. "That's unfortunately not true. The Palestinians name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.
"But I hope that it's possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace," he added. "This is something Israel is always ready for. I'm always ready for genuine peace."
It was Netanyahu's first public reaction to a meeting on Tuesday between Abbas and Trump.
According to a White House press release, Trump urged Abaas during their meeting on Wednesday to clamp down on anti-Israeli incitement in the Palestinian education system.
“President Trump emphasized the importance of making a clear commitment to preventing inflammatory rhetoric and to stopping incitement, and to continue strengthening efforts to combat terrorism,” the statement read.
Israel considers the strong anti-Israeli messages in Palestinian education to be one of the stumbling blocks for a peaceful resolution of the long-standing conflict.
Trump also indicated to Abbas that the US won’t tolerate the Palestinian Authority handing out cash to families of terrorists guilty of murdering Israelis.
“President Trump raised his concerns about payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have committed terrorist acts, and to their families, and emphasized the need to resolve this issue.”
A senior Palestinian official on Thursday, however, rejected the US's "absurd request" that the PA end its policy of providing such social welfare payments.
“It’s absurd to request that we stop paying the families of prisoners,” Abbas’ foreign affairs adviser Nabil Shaath told Israel Radio.
“That would be like asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers,” he said.
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