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    • Otto Rand
    • 02.12.07 | 07:51 (IST)

    Many people make a big deal out of Abbas' statement that he won't recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Does the Jewishness of Israel depend on his recognition? Also, the analogies that people make with France, Lithuania, Russia depend on the definition of Jewish. If it means an ethnic identification of the Jews in Israel, the analogies are correct; if it means the Jewish religion, the analogy is false. A better analogy would be an Islamic state, which does not sound so great. The problem with the definition of Jewishness is that ethnicity and religion are one and the same. Yet when we speak diplomacy and politics a distinction must be made. In the same vein, Palestine will be an Arab state but hopefully not an Islamic state. Yet there are much more important issues at stake than the recognition of Jewishness of the state. I can see the emotional importance of this issue, but not its practical notion.

    from the article: Report: Abbas reiterates refusal to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'
    First published 00:00 01.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.12.07
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