Bennett: Fourth Palestinian prisoner release uncertain to happen

March 18, 2014 08:35

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that the Israel's fourth and final release of Palestinian prisoners as a gesture for resuming peace talks was uncertain to take place at the end of March because, according to the minister, peace negotiations have discontinued.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Bennett said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has acted only according to the policies that the Palestinians have accepted.

Bennett cited Abbas's firm refusal of Israel's demand for a public declaration that Israel is a Jewish state.

"Whoever is unwilling to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is not a partner in dialogue," he said.

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