Abbas: We won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state

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Elior Levy | 08.27.11, 20:07

The Palestinian Authority will not be recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, adopting a belligerent tone ahead of his planned statehood bid in September.

The Palestinian leader also criticized demands made by the International Quartet of his Authority, urging the international community to back off.

“Don’t order us to recognize a Jewish state,” Abbas said. “We won’t accept it.”

Speaking earlier Saturday, Abbas adopted a more moderate tone, saying that the PA’s bid for UN recognition, planned for September, is not meant to isolate Israel or prompt a conflict with the United States.

Lieberman slams PA

Responding to the Palestinian leader’s defiant message, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the statement “reveals the true nature of the September motion: A Palestinian state to come in place of a Jewish state.”

“Countries around the world must make it clear to Abbas that the only way the Palestinians will be able to have a state is by stopping their attempt to destroy the only Jewish state in the world,” Lieberman said.

The foreign minister has adopted a tough attitude against the PA as of late, most recently blasting Ramallah for what he called its leaders’ empty rhetoric vis-à-vis terror.

Following the recent terror offensive in southern Israel that left eight people dead, Lieberman said: “The events of recent days prove that the Palestinian rhetoric professing that they have abandoned terror in favor on diplomacy in as removed from reality as Ramallah is from the UN building in New York City.”

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said a real solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through negotiations.

Ashton was speaking Saturday ahead of talks with Palestinian officials and, later, with Israeli leaders.

Ronen Medzini, Attila Somfalvi and AP contributed to the story

Original Story: Ynetnews.com

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