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Arab Summit to Back Rejection of 'Jewish state'

Kuwait summit expected to stand by Mahmoud Abbas, PA stubbornness in peace talks with Israel.
By Tova Dvorin and AFP
First Publish: 3/25/2014, 11:31 AM

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
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Arab leaders meeting Tuesday in Kuwait are expected to back a Palestinian Authority (PA) refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to AFP

The summit stresses a "categorical rejection" of the demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to a draft statement endorsed by foreign ministers.

The statement also rejects "all pressures exerted on the Palestinian leadership" to force it into agreeing.

Earlier this week, the League called on Arab states to provide $100 million in financial aid to the PA every month, and also declared support for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel as a Jewish state in talks. 

In February, the League also stated that there would be no peace without a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and claimed that recent Israeli actions are intended to foil the peace process. The League recently mulled the idea of turning over the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - to the UN, to avoid Israel allowing Jewish worship there. 

So far, the Arab League has continued to back the stubbornness of Abbas, who has consistently said that unless all his preconditions are met, there will be no peace with Israel. 

The PA has already formally refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state throughout talks, stating that "the Arab states will never recognize a Jewish state." 

In addition, the PA Chairman will reportedly only agree to extend talks if Israel allows a "right of return" for Palestinian Arabs, free terrorist leaders, and withdraw from Judea and Samaria.