The insistence that Mahmoud Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state is a Benjamin Netanyahu demand. Ariel Sharon hinted at it in the early 2000s, Ehud Olmert raised it as an issue in 2007, and others on the right and center-right have picked it up. But it is foremost a Bibi thing. To the extent that Netanyahu truly believes it is necessary for psychological comfort and to protect Israel’s Jewish identity, it is a valid issue to raise in peace talks.
Comment by Naomi | 15 Jan 2014 |09:32PM:
We will only recognise the Arab Nakba when Arabs recognise the Jewish Nakba.
When the Arabs say sorry for expelling and pillaging the homes & money of Mizrahi Jews, we may reciprocate. But until then, all is FAIR in love and war.