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Abbas Demands Israel Halt Building Settlements

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
has delivered a tough speech on peace-making with Israel, saying
there's no way he'll resume negotiations without an Israeli
settlement freeze.
Abbas also said Monday that Israel is defined by the borders it
had before the 1967 Mideast War and "not one centimeter more."
In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem
- territories the Palestinians seek for their state. In previous
talks, negotiators had discussed the idea of a land swap that would
enable Israel to keep some West Bank land.
Abbas rejected previous Israeli demands that the Palestinians
not only recognize the state of Israel but recognize Israel as a
Jewish state.


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