This shouldn't be so difficult of an issue to be stuck on and raised before talks... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 26.09.11 | 15:03 (IDT)

    I suggested before, last year, that I think this issue of identifying Israel as the Jewish State surrounds the issue of the return of refugees, a core negotiating issue. In 1947, the U.N. declared that the region be divided into an Arab state (predominantly Muslim) and a Jewish State (Israel). Not only did this declaration imply a demographic majority for each state, but the Jewish State connotes a religious and national affiliation to Judaism. There really should be no qualms with this because the minority citizenry, according to the Constitution, are given equal rights as its citizenry. It's in my opinion discrimination not to accept the identity of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.

    from the article: Sources: Quartet push for peace talks weakened by issue of Israel as Jewish state
    First published 10:18 26.09.11 | Last updated 10:18 26.09.11
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