Abbas further stated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him he could not comply with the demand to extend the moratorium. “Netanyahu told me: ‘I cannot under any circumstance. I fear for my government.’ Government is not more precious than peace. Government is not more precious that the future of both peoples,” Abbas said.
On Friday, Abbas reiterated his statement that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Addressing the issue in the interview he said, “Obviously we recognize the State of Israel. It’s obviously a Jewish state. If you want it recognized as the Jews’ state you are free to do so. But you did not ask recognition from Egypt, Jordan or any other country in the world. You can do whatever you want, but it’s not my business.”