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December 7, 2014 1:51 pm

Abbas Again Says ‘We Cannot Recognize a Jewish State’

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

JNS.orgPalestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar el-Yom over the weekend that he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state because he believes it would undermine the national interests of Israeli Arabs and prevent Palestinian refugees from returning to their homes.

“We cannot recognize a Jewish state. … We cannot close the door to those who wish to return,” Abbas said, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported.

Abbas said that if the U.N. Security Council rejects the Palestinian proposal for a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal to 1949 armistice lines, he may end Palestinian security cooperation with Israel or even step down and transfer responsibility for PA-controlled territory to Israel.

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