Labor Party Leader Promises Abbas to Back Any Agreement

RAMALLAH (AP) -

Israel’s new opposition leader says he told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that a clear majority in Israel supports a peace deal with the Palestinians and that his Labor Party will back any future agreement.

Yitzchak Herzog was elected Labor leader on Nov. 21, replacing a party chief who had made domestic issues such as economic inequality a chief concern. Herzog’s meeting with Abbas on Sunday signaled a shift back to Labor’s traditional priorities. In the 1990s, Labor led Israel into ultimately unsuccessful negotiations on the terms of a Palestinian state.

Herzog says Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should meet to advance negotiations.

Netanyahu has repeatedly offered to meet Abbas but the latter has failed to respond.