Netanyahu says he’s ready to meet Abbas for talks ‘right now’
PM claims he’s taken unprecedented steps for peace, tells Palestinian leader to heed calls for direct negotiations
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the diplomatic corps at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on May 12, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he was ready to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “today” for direct peace talks if the Palestinian leader was so willing, and claimed that he’d done more to advance peace than any other Israeli leader in history.