When Mr. Netanyahu insists that the Palestinians, as a pre-condition to any negotiation, agree to recognize Israel as a "Jewish state," exactly what does he mean? If he means that Israel cannot be required to allow the return of the descendants of Palestinians who left the country in 1948 because that would make it no longer a Jewish-majority state, let him say that. However, recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state" can also be understood as giving approval to the denial or limitation of rights of Israeli citizens who are not Jewish, and the Palestinians can certainly not be expected to agree to that. Of course, one could also ask what a state called Israel could possibly be other than Jewish. I am reminded of old joke about the anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism agreeing to accept Israel if only it would change its name to Irving.
Passport control employees at Ben Gurion airport to strike between 11 A.M. and 1 P.M. (Haaretz)