The reason that all previous negotiations with the Palestinians have failed is simple. There have been no ‘negotiations’. There has merely been one Israeli concession after another to the Palestinians–in return for empty Palestinian promises to stop terrorism, to stop intifadas, and to stop incitement of hatred. The Palestinians have never accepted Israel as a Jewish country.
However, since his ground-breaking speech at Bar-Ilan, Prime Minister Netanyahu has masterfully made Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state the central linchpin on which issues of borders, Israeli security, Jerusalem, and the so-called “refugees’ will be decided. The Prime Minister had it exactly right again yesterday when he declared at the Knesset:
“The reason there is no peace is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize the State of Israel as the Jewish people’s nation state. This is not a conflict about 1967, this is a conflict about 1948, about the State of Israel’s very existence. You must have noticed that yesterday’s events did not take place on June 5, the day the Six Day War erupted, they took place on May 15, the day the State of Israel was established.”
This is the point that Netanyahu will undoubtedly make before the U.S. Congress next week. Moreover, this point that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state is likely to be echoed by President Obama (it has already been underscored by leaders of the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy among others) when he delivers his major Middle East policy address hours before Netanyahu’s arrival in Washington on Thursday.
It is worth noting again why recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is impossible for the Palestinians. Such recognition would necessitate the Palestinians deconstructing their own myth of what happened in 1948–and rendering the return of their so-called ‘refugees’ to Israel impossible.
No Palestinian leader has ever been brave enough to declare such recognition.
israelstreet fact of the day
How many times have you heard the canard that one of the main reasons that the Arabs refused the UN partition plan was that the “Jews’ were given all the arable land? Take a look at the map. Most of the land that was allotted by the U.N. for Israel was the un-arable land in the Negev. Almost all of the arable land in the center of ‘Palestine’ was allotted to the Palestinians.