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Mahmoud Abbas says he won’t accept Israel as Jewish state

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Mahmoud Abbas says there is ‘‘no way’’ he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a US peace proposal.

The Palestinian president’s comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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