Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has accepted an offer from Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Israeli parliament, but only on his terms.

Last week’s invitation came during a visit from the French president to Israel.  Netanyahu explained that – for a lasting peace – Palestinians needed to recognise Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

“I call on him today: let’s break the stalemate,” said Netanyahu. “Come to the Knesset. I will come to Ramallah.”

Abbas replied: “If he wants me to come and say the things I want to say, then I am ready to do it, but only in order to say what I want to say and not what he wants to hear.”