|Abbas said that under no circumstances would the PA sign an agreement with Israel which requires a land swap or the recognition of Israel as a Jewish homeland. Palestinians believe the expansion of Jewish settlements on their occupied lands will make the establishment of a Palestinian state impossible in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Arab League backed the decision and has given the US one month to end the impasse.
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