Obama tells Abbas he must take ‘risks’ for peace with Israel

Obama on Monday said Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be prepared to make difficult political decisions and take “risks” in order for peace talks, which resumed in July of last year, to move forward.

“We remain convinced there is an opportunity,” Obama told reporters after the meeting.

He said he hoped progress would be made in reaching a “framework” deal in the coming weeks that would extend the US-led talks beyond the current April deadline.

Sitting beside Obama at the Oval Office, Abbas warned that with the deadline approaching time “is not on our side.”

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I am sure Abbas will be swayed by this.