Palestinian Leader Pushes For Peace

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that peace and negotiations are the choice of his people, but fell short of announcing a resumption of peace talks that his government cut off after an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Abbas urged Israel to “halt its aggression” in order to create an environment in which peace talks can succeed.

He made his comments in a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

For her part, Rice said she believes peace ultimately can be achieved and that the peace negotiators won’t let those opposed to a deal succeed.