Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he will never accept Israel as a Jewish state, despite claims he would sit at the negotiating table without preconditions.

The West Bank leader’s comments were published Friday via Palestine’s WAFA news agency. In the remarks, Abbas said there is “no way” he would accept anything less than the entire city of Jerusalem in any finalized peace deal.


“They are pressing and saying, ‘no peace without the Jewish state,’” he said. “There is no way. We will not accept.”

Israel and Palestine have been in renewed peace talks for seven months, close to the nine-month expiration mark originally set out by the US, which has had a heavy hand in the process.

In the past, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would never accept a peace deal with the PA unless it first acknowledged the right of the Jewish state to exist.

It is also incredibly unlikely that Israel would agree to hand over Jerusalem to become a Palestinian capital if any such deal was to be reached.