Mark B - It's not an internal issue - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 17.02.10 | 17:42 (IST)

    'Abbas does not give signs the Pals are willing to internalize mentally and emotionally Israel is a fact.' The PLO FORMALLY RECOGNISED Israel in a letter from Arafat more than a decade ago. That recognition was accepted by Israel. That's as good as it gets in international relations: recognition is between state parties. The Arab League has also offered to recognise Israel, if there is a fair border and refugee settlement. If by internalise, you mean rewriting the history books, making incitement an offence, etc., well that cuts both ways. Israel too would need to look at its teachings, narrative and race relations. Bibi has tried to muddy the waters by adding: recognition as a Jewish state. That is an altogether different matter. It would be rather like South Africa demanding at one time recognition as the 'Christian Afrikaans Republic of...' Think quite a lot of people would have problems with Bibi's latest wheeze... I agree with your overall conclusions.

    from the article: Pro-Mideast in America: Getting past 'Pro-Israel' and 'Pro-Palestine'
    First published 10:26 17.02.10 | Last updated 16:01 17.02.10
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