Israeli newspaper Haaretz today reported that the Italian Prime Minister finished his visit in Israel and traveled to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, during which he stated that Palestinians must accept Israel as a reality and recognize the ‘Jewish State’.
Haaretz indicated that Italian PM Matteo Renzi said today during his meeting with Abbas that it was Palestine’s obligation to accept the reality of Israel and to give it full recognition, as, in his words, Israel is an established state for the Jewish people.
Renzi said yesterday that he would reject the international boycott on Israel, clarifying during his visit to Tel Aviv university that he rejects the imposition of any sanctions on the state.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas received Renzi in the presidential palace in Bethlehem this afternoon.
Abbas and Renzi reviewed the Guard of Honour and played the national anthems of both Italy and Palestine. They shook hands with visiting dignitaries and officials, which included the President of the Office of the President Hussein Araj, Political Affairs Adviser to the president Nimer Hammad, Bethlehem governor Jibreen al-Bakri, a number of clergy, the Minister of Tourism Rola Maayah, President of the Bethlehem municipality of Vera Papon,a number of security chiefs, and the head of the General Intelligence Service, Maj. Gen. Majed Faraj.
The president and his guest will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss relations between the two countries and the latest developments in the political process.