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Carter slams Netanyahu, praises Abbas

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 Former US president calls for elections in Palestinian territories

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want a two- state solution, former US president Jimmy Carter charged on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, PA President Mahmoud Abbas is committed to convening a meeting of Palestinian factions to establish a unified forum for decision-making and ultimately holding long-delayed elections, Carter said.

“The Elders have never in all the years met with Prime Minister Netanyahu or his cabinet,” Carter told a news conference at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, sitting next to former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. “In the past we have not been allowed to do so, and this time we just thought it would be a waste of time to ask.”

The Elders, composed of a dozen former world leaders, is an international NGO of elder statesmen former South African president Nelson Mandela brought together in 2007. They describe themselves as “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights.” The delegation was in the area for three days.

Carter slammed Netanyahu for opposing a two-state solution during the election campaign.

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