How hard would it really be to change the wording in a declaration to account for the points outlined in this article? Would it be possible to create a statement that satisfies both sides? It seems like in general this is a matter of semantics on both sides. Call me naive, but I'm really not sure why all these complexities have to reside in a single sentence, why this can't be a dialog as opposed to a declaration. I doubt Netanyahu wants the Palestinians to say that Israeli Arabs should waive all their rights, just like I doubt that Abbas is trying to say that a Jewish country shouldn't reside anywhere on the land of Israel or that Jews have no claim to the land. Why is it so hard to create a joint narrative? Why is it so hard for leaders to have a real discussion about what the real differences and similarities are in opinion? Is it because politicians are too afraid of pissing people off acknowledge the other side? Why can't leaders seek truth and justice instead of just security and submission? Other thing I wondered after reading this article: 1. Do muslim countries recognize themselves as Islamic even though they may have other minorities? Does this mean persecution of other minorities residing in the country 2. Have Palestinians acknowledged any regret over the handeling of the situation pre 1948? Have Israelis? 3. Is it possible to recognize the minorities right to exist while still recognizing Israel as a predominately Jewish state? 4. Why can't Palestinians recognize that both have a right to the land, and that this equal right is represented in the division of the land? 5. Why can't Israel recognize he hardships of someone else coming into your country and claiming it as their own? I'm pretty sure that people will answer that this is just politics, but how can anyone really hold any country at fault when none will even try to accept a slightly broader picture?
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