Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of activists from the “Women Wage Peace” group on Tuesday that he supports a two-state solution and is ready to travel to Ramallah immediately if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agrees to meet with him.
Four leaders of the peace movement took part in the meeting. The group’s members took turns taking part in a 50-day hunger strike in front of Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. The aim of the strike was to call him to renew the peace process with the Palestinians. Those present at the meeting were retired judge Saviona Rotlevy, Milana Yaari, Amal Abu Rihan Ramada and Ayelet Harel.
A few weeks ago representatives of the movement met with the prime minister’s wife Sara, whotold them that they should protest in front of Abbas’ house in Ramallah because he is the one responsible for the impasse in the peace process.
According to a statement released Tuesday evening by the Prime Minister’s Office, members of the group asked the prime minister to push forward for an agreement with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu, according to the statement, expressed his wish to do back to the negotiating table in the meeting with the activists. “I have no pre-condition for negotiations, I am ready now to travel to Ramallah or any other place in order to meet and carry out direct negotiations with no pre-conditions,” Netanyahu said. “We want to negotiate with the Palestinians. The solution is two states for two peoples – a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the nation state of the Jewish people. If you intend to meet with Abbas, tell him that I am ready to meet and is he ready for this.”