Abbas Says Jewish State Recognition Off the Table in Peace Talks
JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, one of Israel’s conditions for peace, will not be discussed in the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.
“Recognition of a Jewish state is a condition that we absolutely refuse to discuss,” said Abbas at the Arab League summit in Kuwait, Israel Hayom reported.
Abbas went on to say that a future Palestinian state would be based on 1967 lines with some adjustments, that eastern Jerusalem would be its capital, and that there would be Palestinian control over border crossings and airspace as well as full independence and sovereignty.
“We do not need a new round of agreements that Israel will bury under conditions, reservations, and interpretations,” Abbas added.