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September 25, 2012 4:35 pm

Abbas Tells Jewish Leaders He’ll Increase Sensitivity to Jewish Claims to Israel

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JTA – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Jewish leaders that his U.N. speech would address showing greater sensitivity to Jewish claims to Israel.

Meeting Monday evening with about 10 Jewish leaders, Abbas also endorsed Alan Dershowitz’s formula for returning to talks with Israel, participants said.

The meeting was under the auspices of the Center for Middle East Peace. Top Jewish organizational leaders declined, reportedly at the request of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has discouraged Jewish meetings with Abbas until he gives up demanding a settlement freeze as a precondition for returning to talks.

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