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  11/12/2007, Kislev 2, 5768

PA Rejects Olmert’s Demand, Demands More


Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday that the PA would not agree to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s demand that it recognize Israel as a Jewish state.  The demand is seen as a step towards weakening the PA’s demand that millions of foreign Arab descendents of Arabs who fled Israel in the 1940s be granted Israeli citizenship. 

Erekat issued a new demand, saying the PA would refuse to sign an agreement with Israel unless Israel made a written commitment to release all terrorist prisoners.  An official in the Prime Minister’s Office responded to Erekat’s remarks by repeating Olmert’s call for the PA to recognize Israel.