The issue is the Jewish people, not its state - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Serge
    • 10.01.07 | 19:58 (IST)

    The Arabs continue to deny the legitimacy of the state of Israel, because they swallow the propaganda that there exists no Jewish people. They believe Ashkenazim are Slavs who adopted the Jewish religion. They believe Mizrahim are Arabs who adopted the Jewish religion. They deny our birthplace as a people in the land of Israel, our history as a diaspora, our right to self-determination under simple international law. They deny that we exist as a people. When they accept the state of Israel, they do so as an unfortunate fact, not as an acceptance of the Jewish people in whose name Israel was created. The issue, in short, is the existence of the Jewish people -- only when that is accepted, will actual acceptance of the State of Israel follow.

    from the article: Hamas denies Meshal said group would consider recognizing Israel
    First published 00:00 10.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 10.01.07
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