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Report: Abbas Refused to Discuss Finding ‘Acceptable Wording’ on Jewish State

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embraced the returning 26 convicts from Israeli jails as "heroes" in Ramallah, on December 30, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / WAFA.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embracing the returning 26 convicts from Israeli jails as "heroes" in Ramallah, on December 30, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / WAFA.

Times of Israel – The terminology recognizing Israel’s Jewish character sought by Israel and rejected by the Palestinians during negotiations in recent months was not a blunt acknowledgement of Israel as a Jewish state, but a much more nuanced and gentle formulation, The Times of Israel has learned.

Indeed, Israeli negotiators were willing to work with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his team on the wording of the desired declaration, towards a formula that would have described the Jewish people’s and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination in precisely equivalent terms, and would have also included phrases to guarantee the rights of Israel’s Arab minority.

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