Times of Israel reporting (March 7, 2014)

President Mahmoud Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas

RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority 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 US peace proposal. Abbas’s comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry. …  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.  Read more: Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-no-recognition-of-israel-as-jewish-state/#ixzz2vO5fsc1R

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