US Secretary of State John Kerry has approved that the drafted framework peace agreement, to be signed between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, will include Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state, Maariv reported on Tuesday.(PNN) According to Maariv, Kerry’s plan is based on reciprocity between a state for the Jewish people and a state for the Palestinian people.

The agreement also includes land swaps based on the 1967 borders and the demographic changes that have taken place on the ground over the past decades.

Tzipi Livni, Israeli chief negotiator had also alluded, recently, to possible Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

On a different note, Israeli envoy to the United States, Ron Dermer, defended US Secretary of State John Kerry by saying, ‘I think he was making a descriptive statement.’ Dermer continued, ‘I don’t think he was doing it in order to pressure Israel.’

Dermer said, in a recent interview with TIME Magazine, that Kerry is opposed to the boycotting of Israel, something he made clear again this week.