As the PLO said, we'll all recognise you as the Chinese state or whatever if you'll just get out of the West Bank. Such recognition is ultimately fairly meaningless. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 14.10.10 | 10:16 (IST)

    It's weird this craving for recognition. Israel basically exists and continues to exist because of military force. UN181 was after all never implemented. Israel regularly expresses contempt for international pressure and international law. But somehow it fixates on the idea that if the Pals recognise Israel as The Jewish State everything will be paradise. Don't they realise that recognition without a real peace is meaningless? So the Arabs recognise Israel as a Jewish State today, what's to stop them in, in 50 years time, if they have the military muscle, to invade Israel? Nothing. Israel exists because of military force and if the tables turn and there is no real peace, it may cease to exist because of military force. You can't force people to like Israel. The only thing that can change that is a real fair peace and then growing bonds of travel, trade and intermarriage with the peoples around Israel. Insistence on recognition of Israel as a Jewish State does not promote that process and, in fact, impedes it. And by the way, it does not end the right of return for Palestinian refugees and it does not take away the right of Palestinians to have back the properties they own in Israel and that were illegally confiscated by Israel.

    from the article: The core of the conflict
    First published 02:29 14.10.10 | Last updated 02:29 14.10.10
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