Abbas says Netanyahu's speech disappointing
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian leader has slammed his Israeli counterpart's peace vision and suggested the Palestinians now have their sights set on U.N. recognition in September.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress that Israel wants to keep east Jerusalem and other key parts of the territories it captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Netanyahu "did not say anything that we can build on positively."
Abbas praised President Barack Obama's Mideast parameters, saying they lay a positive foundation for negotiations. Obama has said border talks should be based on the pre-1967 lines.
Abbas spoke during a meeting of leaders of the PLO and his Fatah movement.