Netanyahu first reaction: Abbas lied to Trump

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Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu during his meeting with his Romanian counterpart, where he expressed his position from the Trum Netanyahu meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

“I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace. Unfortunately, that’s not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists,” Netanyahu said during the meeting.

“But I hope that it’s possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace. This is something Israel is always ready for. I’m always ready for genuine peace,” he added.

Netanyahu said that he “[looks] forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace. This is something we fervently share with the president.”

Presidents Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump said Wednesday that they are committed to work together to reach a historic peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.

They said in a joint press conference at the White House that it was important to start a process that will lead to a genuine peace.

Abbas stressed that his strategic choice is to achieve the two-state solution: Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, to live in security, peace and stability with the State of Israel.

He said that all final status issues could be resolved, including the refugees and prisoners, based on international law and UN resolutions.

He stressed that it is time for Israel to end its 50-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territories.