How do you think modern Palestinians ended up with 34% having the genetic haplotype of the ancient Jews? Only 15% of Askenazim have the ancient Jewish DNA (J1 haplotype). That means the Palestinians have TWICE as much probability of being ancient Jewish descendants as do the Eastern Europeans. Source: Human Genome Project and UCLA/Israeli genetic studies.
Italian FM arrives in Iran to promote economic, political ties (Reuters)
from the article: Under pressure from Kerry, Abbas softens preconditions for peace talks