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‘Jewish state’ recognition demand adds new Israeli-Palestinian trip wire

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(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

When peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians resumed last July, everyone assumed that the main sticking points would remain, as ever, security, borders, the status of Jerusalem and the plight of refugees.

Mar 5, 2014
Mar 5, 2014
Mar 5, 2014

‘Jewish state’ recognition adds new Israeli-Palestinian trip wire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians resumed last July, everyone assumed that the main sticking points would remain, as ever, security, borders, the status of Jerusalem and the plight of refugees.

It looks like everyone was wrong.

As the United States struggles to put together a framework deal that will allow negotiations to proceed beyond an initial April deadline, they have run into an unexpected roadblock – Israel’s firm demand to be recognized as a specifically Jewish state and the Palestinians’ adamant rejection of any such idea.

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