February 6, 2019 / 12:19 PM / 10 days ago

Palestinians 'encouraged' by Netanyahu rival's settlement remarks

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman gave a cautious welcome on Wednesday to remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest election rival suggesting openness to a future removal of settlements from the occupied West Bank.

“It’s encouraging, if he succeeds and he sticks to this opinion,” Nabil Abu Rdeineh told Reuters after ex-general Benny Gantz, discussing accommodation with the Palestinians, told an Israeli newspaper he opposed dominating another people and suggested Israel might repeat its 2005 removal of Gaza settlers.

Writing by Stephen Farrell; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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