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    • roberto
    • 10.03.10 | 23:08 (IST)

    "The biggest problem, as I`ve written before, is the unwillingless of the Arab world to accept Israel as "the Jewish state of Israel". No government (Arab or not) is obliged to OFFICIALLY recognize the State of Israel as "the Jewish state of Israel". The obligation is to recognize the State of Israel, as defined by current International Law, which means 1967 borders (with minimal commonly agreed modifications). Of course, that state is "Jewish" because the majority population (80%) is Jewish, but it is up to the citizens of that country (all of them) to decide its nature. To impose a recognition of "the Jewish state of Israel" as a precondition is a big and smelly red herring (which really conveys to the world the desire to stall negotiations). By the same token, Israel is not obliged to recognize "the Muslim state of Saudi Arabia" (which the Saudis do not demand). BTW, how would you feel as a Jew living in Chicago if the USA was "the Christian Anglosaxon state of America"?

    from the article: Are peace talks doomed to fail before they start?
    First published 16:46 10.03.10 | Last updated 16:55 10.03.10
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