This piece is welcome because it gets closer to the real nub of the conflict, and why it is so hard to resolve. However, there is a way to bridge the two positions. Rather than asking the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, with all the legal implications that Mr. Jabareen lays out, Israel should just ask the Palestinians for *moral* recognition, and the Palestinians should demand the same of Israel. In particular, each needs to declare that the other people has a legitimate claim to self-determination *on the same land.* So the Palestinians should declare something like "we welcome the return of the Jewish people to the Land they lost to Roman conquest nearly 2000 years ago, and recognize their right to self-determination on this Land." And Israelis should say something like "we recognize and appreciate the Palestinian Arabs who developed an authentic national identity on the Land over the past 2000 years, and recognize their right to self-determination on this Land." Some such mutual recognition is vital because without it, each side is right to suspect that the other does not want it around ,and any compromise will be unstable.
from the article: Why Palestinians can't recognize a 'Jewish state'