Of course Palastinains want to be recognized as a "Palastinian State." It's been their rhetoric for 40 years. An "independent" state could be dotted with Jewish settlements and a 400,000 strong Jewish minority, but that's not what Palastinains will accept. Palastinains very much care how Israel characterizes itself. If they did not care they would be saying, "Sure, Jewish State, Whatever". but that's not what Abbas is saying at all. Abbas wants Israel to agree to borders in the next two months and then say that Palastinain refugees in Lebanon should go back to pre-'67 Israel. Netenyahu has called him on it. Are you sure you are rationalizing what Abbas is saying (and what his political supporters are requiring him to say) because you would rather not play out what his statements mean for the peace process?
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