Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas gestures ahead of a meeting with the Advisory Council of his ruling Fatah party in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI
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Israel is defying the world by "undermining" prospects for a two state solution through its settlements policy, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday as he welcomed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on a state visit.South Africa was ready to assist with negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and had appointed two special envoys for the task, Zuma added.Abbas said the Palestinians sought to benefit from South Africa's "successful experiences" in building an independent state.Zuma's ruling African National Congress is a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause, with politicians regularly comparing Israel to the former racist apartheid state in South Africa.
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