Israel’s premier said on Friday that the United States and other countries should “come to a table” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“We need to come to the negotiation table and come to a common understanding on what we can do to end this conflict,” Benjamin Netanyahu said at a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Netanyahu said the Palestinians should “recognise that the Israeli occupation is a reality in our country” and “accept the responsibility of the Palestinian people for the occupation.”
Palestinian officials have repeatedly called for an end to Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but the two sides have refused to discuss any political settlement or the terms of the two-state solution.
“I hope that the US will come to our table and negotiate, because we have a shared goal and we have shared values, but it is the United Nations, not us, that is the guarantor of peace and security,” Netanyahu said.
He also said the Palestinian Authority “has made a decision that the peace process is not the right path, that it will not be a solution.”
Netanyahu and Abbas will meet again on Tuesday.