The Palestinians stand by their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, their opposition to a united Jerusalem, and uncompromising demand for the restoration of Palestinian refugees to Israeli soil. These key obstacles to a peace accord with Israel were endorsed by Arab foreign ministers when they met in Paris Monday, according to Palestinian foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki. This decision came after US Secretary of State John Kerry met them in Paris and requested their cooperation for bringing the Palestinians round to more amenable positions in the talks he instigated with Israel.