The current Palestinian leadership could possibly recognize Israel as a Jewish state in some form, a PLO official said Friday.

However, a popular referendum would need to approve any such recognition accepted by the Palestinian leadership, senior Fatah official and former PA minister Nabil Amr told Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

He called on the US to present the Palestinian side with an "acceptable" form of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, stating that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's current demands were not acceptable.

"If that was one of the main obstacles in US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts, then the active and determined Kerry has to overcome it without embarrassing Abbas or weakening any possible agreement between Palestinians and Israelis," Amr said.

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