Palestinians Have Recognized Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 14.10.10 | 19:15 (IST)

    The demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is new; the old demand was for recognition of the right to exist. But the question of whether the Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist has been settled for quite some time. Shavit seems to be blurring the two matters. From Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website: In his letter of September 9, 1993 to Prime Minister Rabin, Yasser Arafat stated that those articles which deny Israel's right to exist or are inconsistent with the PLO's new commitments to Israel following their mutual recognition, are no longer valid. Several of the key articles to be amended are highlighted below. On April 24, 1996, the Palestinian National Council, convening in Gaza, voted 504 to 54, with 14 abstentions, as follows: 1. "The Palestinian National Charter is hereby amended by canceling the articles that are contrary to the letters exchanged between the P.L.O. and the Government of Israel 9-10 September 1993. 2. Assigns its legal committee with the task of redrafting the Palestinian National Charter in order to present it to the first session of the Palestinian central council." (24/04/96) On December 14, 1998, the Palestinian National Council, in accordance with the Wye Memorandum, convened in Gaza in the presence of U.S. President Clinton and voted to reaffirm this decision. And here's Netanyahu's reaction to the 1998 vote, again from Israel's MFA: PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: (Communicated by Prime Minister's Media Advisor) Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his satisfaction at the result of the PNC vote today, achieved as a result of the firm stance taken by the Government of Israel on the issue of the vote to revoke those clauses in the Palestinian Charter calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. The Prime Minister said that his government would continue to insist with the same firmness on the fulfillment of the other Palestinian commitments, so as to ensure the implementation of the agreement and the advancement of the peace process. Shhh! Don't tell Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs about what's on his website!

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    First published 02:29 14.10.10 | Last updated 02:29 14.10.10
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