From the Palestinian Draft Constitution of 2003. "Article (2) ... The Palestinian people are part of the Arab and Islamic nations. ... Article (5) Arabic is the official language and Islam is the official religion in Palestine." Recognition of the Arab state of Palestine as both Arabic and Islamic is built into the definition of nationhood. The problem is that for Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, it must forego the claim of right of return.
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from the article: Q&A with Aluf Benn on the Palestinian statehood bid