At summit in Kuwait, Arab League rejects Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas taks to journalists during a press conference on the sidelines of the Arab League Summit at Bayan Palace, Kuwait on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Nasser Waggi)

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Arab leaders say they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and are blaming it for a lack of progress in the Mideast peace process.

A communique issued at the end of a two-summit also rejects what the Arab League described as the continuation of settlements and the "Judaization" of Jerusalem.

The League's announcement that it will not recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people rejects a key demand of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Mideast peace talks.

Wednesday's announcement sets the stage for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to take a tough line in talks later in the day with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan.

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