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Fayyad rejects unilateral statehood declaration

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority prime minister in a meeting with Jewish Council for Public Affairs leaders said he opposed a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood.

Salam Fayyad told a group of 15 JCPA leaders visiting Israel this week that he did support Palestinians unliaterally building infrastructure and political institutions in preparation for future statehood, and compared those efforts to the work of the founders of Israel before its statehood in 1948.

The JCPA group also has met with a number of Israeli leaders on the trip.

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