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Jewish leaders reject report denying occupation of West Bank

Dozens of American Jewish leaders and scholars make rare appeal to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking him to make sure his government rejects a controversial report that denies Israel is occupying the West Bank.

JERUSALEM // Dozens of American Jewish leaders and scholars have made a rare appeal to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, asking him to make sure his government rejects a controversial report that denies Israel is occupying the West Bank.

In a letter to Mr Netanyahu, more than 40 prominent Jewish figures predicted the report, written by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, would tarnish Israel's image and jeopardise prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

"We recognise and regret that the Palestinian Authority has abdicated leadership by not returning to the negotiating table," they wrote. "Nonetheless, our great fear is that the Levy Report will not strengthen Israel's position in this conflict, but rather, add fuel to those who seek to delegitimise Israel's right to exist."