Netanyahu wants to legally declare Israel a Jewish state

May 01, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the opening of the annual Negev Conference, on March 18, 2014 in Sderot, southern Israel.
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Israel's prime minister is seeking the new law to retaliate against Palestine's unwillingness to recognize that status. The move could further derail stumbling U.S.-mediated peace talks. 

Background:

Netanyahu wants to define Israel as Jewish state in law [Reuters]

Netanyahu to push for Jewish statehood [Al Jazeera]