Bethlehem, West Bank – Putin Visits West Bank Praises Abbas For His Approach To Peace Process


    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) clasp hands during their joint press conference  in the City of Bethlehem, the West Bank, 26 June 2012  Putin arrived in Bethlehem 26 June to meet Abbas during his tour of the Middle East. EPA/ATEF SAFADIBethlehem, West Bank – Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a “responsible” position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.

    Putin also offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral actions — an apparent reference to continued Israeli settlement expansion on war-won land — is not constructive.

    “We talked about ways of overcoming the dilemma of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” Putin said Tuesday. “I point out here the responsible position of President Abbas and his endeavor to reach a peaceful settlement based on a two-state settlement.”

    “I am sure that all unilateral actions are not constructive,” he added.

    Putin spoke at the end of a visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by his side.

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    11 years ago

    I know what his approach is
    Just kill 100.000 most anti-Israel arabs, put your guy in charge of palestinians and call it a democracy
    Just like Mr.Putin did in Chechnya

    Reb Yid
    Reb Yid(@reb-yid)
    11 years ago

    He agrees fully with Abbas’ approach–have your proxies kill people, then blame someone else.

    11 years ago

    The culprit at a clambake!!!!!
    (this means that the man who is going to the western wall is a man who is notorious for his aggression against freedom and liberty in his own nation. Do not fret, I am not comparing the western wall to a clambake. The idea of a clam bake is an ugly selfish event and thus if a Guy like Putin goes to the Western Wall. (we would expect him to do so of course), it just shows that he is a man who really likes the photo op which is essentially what you get out of this. You didn’t think he found Hashem did you?)

    11 years ago

    Look at Abbas in that first photograph. He has an expression in his handshake and earnest ‘smile’ that says “hes going to get me what I want”. Wait and see. Not to mention that Abbas is of course not on the pathway of the Prophets of Israel’s disgretion. G-d may let them live on our land for now, but that is never thee future that we are intended as a Nation of Hashem. Either way, palestinians are less an assembly of the upright and more of an assembly of the wanton and unscrupulous… But you already knew that I am certain!

    11 years ago

    When a killer like Putin stands with an anti-semite like Abbas it is called a shidduch. That is why Putin looks so comfortable in these photos. He is amongst his own.