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  2/24/2014, Adar 24, 5774

PM: Israel as Jewish State an Exclusive Peace Condition


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Sunday evening, that the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States are the only path for advancing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Interviewed by a German television network ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit with a delegation of ministers, Netanyahu said the only way to achieve peace was to support Kerry's efforts and sit at the negotiating table.

Netanyahu stressed his position that the main stumbling block to a breakthrough is the PA's insistence on not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and not Jewish construction beyond the 1949 Armistice Line. He added that the issue of construction would be solved in the talks.

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