I honestly believe there are 2 reasons at play here that strike at the core of every Palestinian. First and foremost, the Pals feel they were seriously wronged by the occupying power, they were humiliated, driven out of their homeland, constantly harassed, treated as 3rd class citizens and even subhuman, etc etc. How can anyone whose been through all of this for so long 'recognize' the person holding that big stick? I get it. Secondly, I believe they feel they would be abandoning their brothers and sisters who had the opp to stay within Israel. For decades these Pals within Israel have been screaming to be recognized by their own socalled state 'Israel', and now they're being even further diminished and stripped of an identity if the Pals recognized Israel as Jewish. Israel needs to understand this psyche of the other side to truly understand what they're demanding of the Pals.
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
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