Netanyahu ready to resume peace talks “right now” with Palestinian leadership

Ahead of Palestinian congress meeting mid-September, Netanyahu states Israel is willing to resume peace talks

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Reuters)

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Reuters)

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on Wednesday that he is ready “right now” to resume peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu stated that Israel is willing to fight for a solution, one that would have “two states for two peoples – a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the nation-state of the Jewish people” and that he is “prepared to go to Ramallah or anywhere else right now to meet and hold direct negotiations without preconditions.”

The last set of negotiations ended in April of 2014, Abbas announcing and confirming this week that he does not intend to require reelection to head the Fatah party.

In hopes to create new Palestinian leadership, the Palestinians are scheduled to hold their first congress meeting in two decades mid-September, after Abbas along with 18 other senior members of the PLO Executive board stepped down over the past few weeks.