Does Abbas want a Palestinian state or not? Olmert made it absolutely clear that Israel will accept the creation of a Palestinian Arab state only on condition that the Arabs recognise the existing Jewish state of Israel. Israel has been a Jewish state since 1948. Before that it was a "Jewish National Home" since 1920.
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from the article: Report: Abbas reiterates refusal to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'