Abbas to attend Peres funeral, but thaw with Israel unlikely

September 29, 2016 11:23 PM

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Abbas to attend Peres funeral, but thaw with Israel unlikely

JERUSALEM — In death as in life, Shimon Peres will bring together longtime adversaries. But no one expects reconciliation when Israeli and Palestinian leaders attend his funeral on Friday.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, revealed Thursday he would attend the funeral, putting him in proximity to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel when the two have been jousting over whom is to blame for their failure to sit down and talk.

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