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Netanyahu: peace agreement with Palestinians remains elusive

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority is still elusive because of PA's rejection to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

In a taped interview with the Israeli Chanel 2, Netanyahu said that Palestinians are "not ready to sign a peace agreement that would preclude their right of return and that would coerce them to recognise the Jewish state."

Netanyahu stressed that he would not give in to any blackmails or pressures, and would not compromise the security of Israeli citizens in any future agreement.

He emphasised that he rejects the idea of a binational state "because that would threaten Israel's future as a Jewish nation," adding that he does not want to "surrender the West Bank to Iran."

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