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  9/19/2011, Elul 20, 5771

PM Ready to Waive Recognition of Jewish State

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intends to give up his long-standing demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognize Israel as the Jewish national homeland. Netanyahu will settle for a declaration of mutual recognition.

The change is to be reflected in the prime minister's talks with United States President Barack Obama and meetings in New York ahead of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly ahead of its anticipated vote on a bid by the PA for recognition as a sovereign state. The Quartet of Middle East peace-broker nations is working on a process to freeze the immediate declaration of a PA state but advance the process on an administrative level while negotiations resume. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has rejected such a process.