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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a Monday night interview with Palestinian news source Ma'an that "Israel was free to call itself the Israeli Zionist Jewish Empire."
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The PA leader made cynical remarks to Maan shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called upon Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Abbas also said that Israel's Jewishness is none of his business, but
"if Israel wanted Palestinian negotiators to recognize its state, it
should also recognize a Palestinian state."
Abbas added that
negotiations would only continue under a settlement freeze. If the
moratorium was extended for one month, he would remain in peace talks
for one month, he said.
Earlier on Monday, in a conference call with US Jewish leaders sponsored
by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,
Netanyahu demanded that Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
"Say yes, just do it," Netanyahu said.