The UN divided the palestine mandate into Jewish & Arab states in 1947 - remember? The Jews accepted it & the arabs rejected it. The arabs are still rejecting the premise of Israel as a Jewish state today. That doesn't mean that the 1.8 million Israeii-arabs will lose any of their rights. So why does it matter if Abbas makes acknowledges Israel as a Jewish state? Look at what he's asking for - the return of millions of "palestinian refugees" back into Israel. This would mean that the arabs would be able to retake Israel demographically.
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from the article: Vice Premier: No chance of peace with Palestinians in near future