Palestinian head hints he would waive right of return
Abbas condemned by Islamist rivals
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has set off a storm of controversy in the occupied territories by suggesting that he is willing to waive the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes, a core issue in dispute with Israel. The offer, made in an interview on Israeli television, drew a wary response Sunday from the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. ‘‘Only in direct negotiations can the real positions be clarified,’’ Netanyahu said.