Israel Shouldn't Ask the Palestinians to Validate It as a Jewish State

Why risk demeaning the Jewish people by making them look to the Palestinians, rather than themselves, to guarantee Israel’s continuation as a Jewish state?

Benjamin Netanyahu is an old friend. We have always understood each other, even when we did not see eye-to-eye on issues. But now we part company, it being inexplicable to me why, as a pragmatic matter, the prime minister would insist on having Israel’s adversary, the Palestinians, recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition to reaching a peace accord.

Some would contend that Netanyahu raised...