and Peter Beinart has to put things into perspective as to why the identity issue materialized with PM Netanyahu's Government and this is because all of a sudden an existential threat to Israel's very existence by the Iranian mullahs, who support all the terrorist organizations in opposition to the Palestinian Authority,who recognized Israel in 1988, had shaken the possibility of establishing two states side by side with full reconciliation between the two peoples. In addition, establishing a just resolution to the Palestinian refugees issue and thus bringing an end to both territorial and other claims, ensures closure to the conflict of over many decades. Perhaps PM Netanyahu was correct to state that it takes " three to tango " - Israel, the Palestinians, and Iran.
Abbas to urge UN to pressure Israel to permit entrance to Palestinian refugees from Syria (Haaretz)
from the article: Before Abbas recognizes the Jewish state, Israel must define it