Palestinian president reaches out to Israel, backs talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president has reached out to Israel, saying he opposes near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis and suggesting the violence would stop if the defunct peace process resumes again.

Mahmoud Abbas made the remarks in an interview Thursday with Israeli Channel 2 TV’s “Uvda” program. Israel has accused him of failing to condemn the wave of attacks that erupted in mid-September.

The Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings but also shootings and car-ramming assaults, have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans.

Abbas says the violence stems from “lack of hope, lack of trust” in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Abbas says if peace talks resume, it would “give my people hope and nobody would dare go and stab or shoot.”

U.S mediated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.