RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Monday calls by the new right-leaning Israeli government to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an issue emerging as a main obstacle to peacemaking.
"I do not accept it," the Western-backed Abbas said.
Palestine is part of the Arab nation. The state of Palestine abides by the charter of the League of Arab States. The Palestinian people are part of the Arab and Islamic nations. Arab unity is a goal, the Palestinian people hopes to achieve.
The principles of Islamic Shari'a are a major source for legislation. Civil and religious matters of the followers of monotheistic religions shall be organized in accordance with their religious teachings and denominations within the framework of law, while preserving the unity and independence of the Palestinian people.
Israel's recognition of Palestine is therefore recognition of an Arab Islamic state of Palestine. The Palestinians would not accept such a state as a solution if a majority of Jews were to suddenly move there, or if they were required to allow immigration for Jews. In fact, they insist on kicking out all the Jews.
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