The odd demand for recognition of Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist
    • 07.09.10 | 16:01 (IDT)

    I’m all for Palestinians agreeing to live peacefully with Israel, but I believe it is unreasonable to demand they “recognize Israel.” I cannot imagine, even today in the United States, an American Indian saying the US had a right to take their land and create living space for them on reservations. If they said it, they would be lying. Still, Native Americans have made peace with us. Palestinians are getting a different deal. Twenty-two percent of the heartland of the region. It’s not a reservation. But In their hearts, Palestinians will never believe Israel has a “right to exist as a Jewish state.” If they are forced to say it as a condition for peace, it will make no difference. Abbas even referred to the “Nakba of 1948” at his opening remarks with Netanyahu and Obama. Israel is the Palestinians “catastrophe.” The main thing is we agree to stop fighting and learn to live together.

    from the article: Netanyahu tells Israeli public: No guarantee peace talks will succeed
    First published 15:14 07.09.10 | Last updated 15:14 07.09.10
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