Rivlin specifically mentioned the recent arson attacks on southern Israel, which were carried out by use of flaming kites.

Rivlin (left) and Abbas

Rivlin (left) and Abbas Photo credit: Mark Nyman, GPO

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met on Monday with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to take action against terrorist activities in Gaza.

Rivlin also asked Abbas to condemn the flying of flaming kites into Israel’s territory, which Israel regards as a form of terrorism. He then wished Abbas good health and a happy Ramadan. Palestinian media outlets mentioned Rivlin’s good wishes to Abbas, but not his request regarding the condemnation of terror acts.

Abbas was released from hospital last week after suffering from lung infenction. Upon his release he said his health was “good” and promised to return to work the next day.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that money used to compensate southern Israeli farmers for damages caused by arson attacks be deducted from the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenue.