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        2/20/2014, Adar 20, 5774

      PA Official: Abbas Ready for Israel as a Jewish State

      Israel has insisted that the PA recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and so far Abbas has refused to do so. According to Abbas, the PA has already recognized Israel's right to exist and has promised to respect whatever borders are negotiated. By recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, he claims, the rights of Israeli Arabs will be damaged, and the PA would no longer be able to demand that Israel accept hundreds of thousands of Arabs, as the PA is demanding.

      The PA has long demanded that Israel repatriate the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, which would flood Israel with Arabs and essentially destroy it as a Jewish state.