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Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there is "no way" he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a U.S. peace proposal.

Abbas' comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Abbas, whose remarks were published Friday by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, said he withstood international pressure in the past, when he sought U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine over Washington's objections.

Speaking to youth activists of his Fatah party, he suggested he would stand firm again, particularly over the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

"They are pressing and saying, 'No peace without the Jewish state,'" he said, though not spelling out who is applying the pressure. "There is no way. We will not accept."

Netanyahu gave interviews to Israeli TV stations, excerpts of which were broadcast Friday night.

"I am ready to proceed, I am ready to reach the end of the conflict, but it must be the end of the conflict," Netanyahu told Channel 10 TV. "We won't allow the establishment of a Palestinian state so that it will continue the conflict, so it needs to recognize the state of the Jews just like they are demanding from us that we recognize the state of the Palestinians."

Netanyahu said Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty.

Netanyahu has said such recognition is required as proof that the Palestinians are serious about peace. Abbas has noted that the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized the state of Israel in 1993 and said this is sufficient.

Palestinians fear the demand is an Israel attempt to restrict possible return options of Palestinian refugees and the rights of Israel's large Arab minority.

Kerry is expected to present his ideas for the contours of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal soon, but it appears increasingly unlikely he can get Abbas and Netanyahu to accept such a framework by an April 29 deadline.

Abbas is meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on March 17, as part of U.S. efforts to press both sides. Netanyahu met with Obama earlier this week.

March 9, 2014    arielyshein@
In 1947 the Arabs refused to recognize a Jewish state.
In 2014 they refuse to recognized a Jewish state and declare end of conflict.

They want to get as much as possible benefits and still continue the conflict with Israel.

In English they are masking the goals.
The truth is said to their people the Arabic language>

1: In Arabic- Interview to Al Jazeera with Abbas Zaki, senior member
Palestinian:
"If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.

2:PLO platform:
"The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity IS ELIMINATED""

3:Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah in Lebanon :
"The peace talks with Israel are part of ARAB STARTEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL
and threaten its legitimacy."

4:Hamas charter:
*"The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims kill the Jews.
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Give a chance to peace!
Stop USA and EU funds to Palestinian used for: conflict continuation-hate teaching preaching- invest in arms and not building a economy and a healthy government for their people.

Without conflict continuations and world blackmail by terror the Palestinian don’t have any positive contribution.
They will not meet world leaders, attend international conferences, be used by modern anti-Semitics or get media interviews and get international funds for their expensive life>

Why should they give away all the benefits and start boring work for their people welfare?
They are not altruists!
March 9, 2014    bootman@
Americans, of many religions and ethnicities, support the idea that all should be respected and you are not holy when you take self-determination from other human beings, whether by murder or pervasive cleansing.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, shakes hands with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, March 4.

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