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Israel says conflict over recognition, not territory

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister gave a cool reception Wednesday to a new Arab Mideast peace initiative, saying the conflict with the Palestinians isn’t about territory, but rather the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland.

The remarks signaled trouble for Secretary of State John Kerry’s new push for Mideast peace and risked reinforcing Benjamin Netanyahu’s image as a hard-liner unwilling to make the tough concessions required for peace.

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