Israel’s Prime Minister said Tuesday the Palestinian Authority must recognize Israel as a Jewish state in order for a peace process to take place.

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Amid reported efforts towards a reconciliation deal between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state remains a precondition for any peace process.

“We will not accept any fake reconciliations in which the Palestinians agree to reconcile at the expense of our existence,” Netanyahu said during a Likud faction meeting in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

“If someone truly wants reconciliation, our conditions are very simple; recognize Israel, dismantle Hamas’ military wing, cut ties with Iran,” Netanyahu added.

Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu toured the West Bank settlement and promised to increase construction. “We will build thousands of housing units here,” he said. “We will expand the industrial zone and do all that is necessary to enable growth and development.”