‘No Palestinian state without recognizing Israel as Jewish state’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Thursday that the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition, which is expected to be approved by a majority in the U.N. General Assembly, "will not change a thing, and certainly won't hasten the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was to speak at the General Assembly on Thursday to seek the status of an observer state for the Palestinian Authority. The move is widely seen as an indirect bid for U.N. recognition of statehood. Israel has failed to garner a "moral minority" of countries, mostly in Europe, to vote against the measure. The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition.

"Israel's hand is perpetually extended toward peace, but no Palestinian state will exist without recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people. No Palestinian state will exist without a declaration of an end to hostilities, and no Palestinian state will exist without real security arrangements that will protect the State of Israel and its citizens. None of these things are remotely mentioned in the Palestinian petition to the U.N," Netanyahu said in a statement....

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