Palestinian official: PA will never recognize Israel as Jewish state – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

The Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, senior Palestinian officials said on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed to freeze settlement construction in exchange for that condition.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that demand could never be accepted, while his colleague Nabil Sha’ath added that the government in Ramallah would not tolerate a partial construction freeze and that the moratorium must also be applied in East Jerusalem.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said a return to U.S.-backed peace talks required a freeze on settlement building by Israel and emphasized that: “The issue of the Jewishness of the state has nothing to do with the matter.”

via Palestinian official: PA will never recognize Israel as Jewish state – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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