Now I preface my comment by saying that I am only speaking of one obstacle facing the peace process and do not attribute failure to reach peace solely based on this obstacle or on one side specifically. Abbas is right, the PA need not recognize the STATE of Israel as a Jewish State, but he, his people, and the Palestinian education system should recognize and begin teaching an accurate depiction of the history of the Holy Land; a depiction that at-least admits the Jewish element of the Land's history, the historic Jewish presence, and the importance of it to Jews. Abbas himself has a doctorate in Holocaust Denial, but I digress. The PA, Arafat was the king of this, purposely tries to detract from Israel's legitimacy by downplaying the historic Jewish connection to the land. Arafat openly questioned whether a Jewish Temple ever stood on Mount Moriah. This purposeful ignorance of the land's history is an obstacle to peace as it is an insult to Israelis and a rationalized justification for Palestinians' continued struggle against "Zionist Occupiers." So, Netanyahu should simply request that Palestinians quit propagating revisionist history, admit the Jewish connection to the land, and go from there. Who needs a formal recognition of the State as Jewish in character?
Syrian troops sieze village above rebel-held parts of Aleppo (Reuters)