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Israel says it has 'ideological' dispute with Abbas

Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz arrives for a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021 [ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz arrives for a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021 [ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz on Sunday said there is a deep ideological dispute with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reported Anadolu Agency.

Speaking at a counterterrorism conference in the coastal city of Herzliya, Gantz said despite having "a deep ideological dispute with the Palestinian Authority, both sides are interested in peace and stability," according to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Gantz defended his meeting with Abbas last week in the West Bank city of Ramallah, saying the Palestinian leader backs a political settlement with Israel and opposes "terrorism".

Without giving further clarifications, Gantz added:

Coordination with the Palestinian Authority and strengthening the Palestinian economy is dozens of times better than strengthening Iranian proxies on our borders.

Since April 2014, negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel have stalled due to Tel Aviv's refusal to stop settlement building, release Palestinian detainees, and evading the two-state solution.

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