PA official: We’ll consider Jewish state issue at end of talks

Nabil Shaath at his Ramallah office, January 18, 2012

Palestinians would be open to discussions about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, but only at the end of peace talks, a senior Palestinian official said in remarks published Tuesday.

Speaking to Israel Radio, Nabil Shaath said that Israel’s decision to raise the issue before any other sticking points are solved gives the impression that Jerusalem is trying to torpedo the talks.

“Had this come at the end, after having resolved all these issues, it would have become an issue that we could settle by simply asking practical questions… and if we get the right answers it could have been resolved then. But now, it’s very suspicious,” Shaath said…