Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his first day in The Hague Tuesday once again offered to meet Mahmoud Abbas for direct talks – at any time, without pre-conditions. “But is Abu Mazen (aka Abbas) willing?” he asked. Only yesterday, the Palestinians laid out pre-conditions for a meeting. “They want us to first free prisoners and then tell them how the talks will end,” said Netanyahu. “If they agree to drop those conditions, the meeting will take place; it doesn’t matter to me where, in Holland or Moscow.”
The prime minister spoke at a news conference after holding talks on the strengthening of bilateral ties and regional affairs with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and leaders of parliament. He is also due to meet King Willem Alexander.
Netanyahu went on to dwell on the big changes overtaking Europe as a result of the spread of radical Islam. “Israel,” he said, “can help the continent understand how to face up to this problem.We already plays a key role in stabilizing the Middle East and containing the spread of radical Islam.”