If Abu Mazen is really serious and intends to advance peace, as far as I am concerned, we can sit together immediately.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting (Sunday, 4 November 2012):
"I watched President Abbas’s interview over the weekend. I have heard that he has already managed to go back on his remarks. This only proves the importance of direct negotiations without pre-conditions. Only in direct negotiations will it be possible to clarify what the true positions are.
Generally, I can say that if Abu Mazen is really serious and intends to advance peace, as far as I am concerned, we can sit together immediately. Jerusalem and Ramallah are only seven minutes apart; I am ready to start negotiations today. I will take this opportunity to again call on President Abbas to return to the negotiating table without pre-conditions because peace may be advanced only around the negotiating table and not via unilateral decisions in the UN General Assembly, which will only push peace further away and will only lead to instability."