"Moderate" peace partner Mahmoud Abbas: I don't accept Israel as a Jewish state

Mr. Netanyahu, who took office almost a month ago, has refused to endorse the notion of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel as a solution for the conflict, as many nations urge. But he says Palestinian recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people is crucial for progress in any future talks.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office released a statement a week ago saying that without such recognition, “it will not be possible to advance the diplomatic process and reach a peace settlement.”