Center for Women’s Justice files petition to High Court, claiming that ban on women reading from Torah scrolls at Western Wall violates anti-discrimination laws.18:35 29.11.15 | 0 comments
First of all, PM Netanyahu has been requesting this recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland throughout the year and a half, all along as a mantra or subliminal cue, and not just the recent few weeks in relation to the settlements freeze. In fact, the recognition of Israel's Jewish identity is the clincher to the whole peace agreement. (1) UNSCR 242 and 338 is totally based on this recognition. (2) The cynics on both the Right parties and religious parties have always stated that the Palestinians and Arabs want the whole enchilada (all of Israel) and therefore the PA's refusal attests to this thinking. (3) PM Netanyahu has given indications that there's not much to talk about when the territorial exchanges and boundaries have already been discussed under the Road Map (Olmert's near agreement with Abbas), the Clinton's Camp David 2000 and of course, the very detailed Geneva Accord proposal. (4)There's a significant connotation in articulating this request as it's related to what you mentioned such as the right of return of the refugees concession (all Israel's political parties view that there will only be a small return of refugees - eg. Geneva Accord) (5) With regards to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount is the holiest site according to Judaism and Israel won't give up that sovereignty. In fact, do you see any Israeli PM giving up that sovereignty as it's the essence of Judaism? An arrangement perhaps can be worked out but giving up the sovereignty won't bring peace. So really, the Palestinians need to accept the Jewish narrative of our initial presence and legitimacy in residing in this small territory of the Holy Land, and this is definitely a criteria to counter anti-Semitism globally. The PA also has a responsibility here to contribute besides the security concerns and cooperation, it's also the uniqueness of identity of Judaism in the Middle East. So Netanyahu is ready for peace based on my arguments.