All that Nusseibeh is doing is projecting onto Israel the reality of what minorities endure in Arab or Islamic countries - with one very telling exception. Although he argues that recognizing Israel as the Jewish State would entail making citizens out of all the Jews in the Diaspora, the PA has declared that once the State of Palestine becomes a reality, it will not grant citizenship to any Palestinian who is a "refugee" or descendant from one. The reality is much simpler. Israel is already the Jewish State, or put more differently, the National Home for the Jewish People. It will not change its character when the Arab and Muslim countries accept this reality. It will, however, be a signal that they have accepted Israel as being a legitimate part of the Middle East, that the Jews have an historical connection to the land and that hostilities are ended. That is the real issue, it seems to me. Nusseibeh's comments are only evidence of how far away we are from that outcome.
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from the article: We are a people, a response to Sari Nusseibeh