Back in Israel, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ two-hour long speech in which he said that the Palestinians will no longer accept Washington as the peace process mediator. “If he doesn’t want the United States, he doesn’t want peace,” Netanyahu stated.







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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to Israel on Friday afternoon from India and commented on a few recent developments in the Middle East. Regarding the compensation agreement that Israel signed with Jordan following the diplomatic rift in July 2017, Netanyahu said that the Israeli-Jordanian relations are “back on course.”

Netanyahu added that the Israel and Jordan are learning from the incident in which an Israeli embassy security guard shot and killed a Jordanian man. He added that both Jerusalem and Amman value the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty. “There’s a peace agreement that is an important interest in the two countries and this is illustrated in the solution upon which was agreed,” he explained.

The Israeli prime minister then commented on Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ sharply-worded speech in which he made remarks that were perceived as anti-Semitic and claimed that the United States is no longer capable of being the peace process mediator. “There’s no other mediator,” Netanyahu said. “If he doesn’t want the United States, he doesn’t want peace.”