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    • Michael Antony
    • 02.09.11 | 17:36 (IDT)

    If "two states for two peoples" come into being -- a Jewish state and a Palestinian state -- then the Palestinians' dignity will be respected and given expression by the establishment of a nation state -- Palestine -- for the Palestinian people. Difficult as it may be, Jews will have to accept the fact that a major part of their historic homeland will have acquired an official, internationally-recognized status that very strongly favors the Palestinian people. But they will have to live with that, as an unavoidable outcome of having reached a COMPROMISE solution in which each side gives up something they deeply care about. If Jews are allowed to live in the Palestinian state (and Abbas' remarks on this so far are not encouraging), their status will be different from that of Palestinian Arabs by the very fact that the governmental and cultural symbols and institutions will reflect Palestinian history and culture and not Jewish history and culture. But if such Jews wish to live in Palestine, those are facts they will simply have to live with. The same will obviously hold for Palestinian Arabs living in the Jewish state of Israel. It is perfectly symmetrical.

    from the article: Why Palestinians can't recognize a 'Jewish state'
    First published 02:22 02.09.11 | Last updated 02:22 02.09.11
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