Israeli Prime Minister Calls Palestinian President, Breaks Silence to Talk Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Calls Palestinian President, Breaks Silence to Talk Peace

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After a year of silence, the Israeli prime minister phoned the Palestinian president to offer a holiday greeting—and a message of hope.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Friday night as a goodwill gesture on Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.Peace-Square-Mural-ParentsCircle-800px

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Netanyahu told his Palestinian counterpart that Israelis want peace and will work toward regional stability. Abbas said he hoped the two could settle on a peace accord in the next 12 months.

The phone call came 13 months after the two last spoke in June, 2014.

(READ more at the New York Times) — Photos: U.S. State Department

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