Friday, September 17, 2010

Arabs Refuse to Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

Here is the real obstacle to peace in the Middle East. It is not Israel or the occupation or US support for Israel. All these are secondary to the primary issue: that the Arab nations refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. They want to flood Israel with Muslims and then use democracy to make it into an Islamic theocracy - at which point of course democracy will be abolished and the Jews will become a persecuted minority if they are allowed to remain at all. As so often with Muslims, those identified as moderates by Western Leftists are anything but.

From the Middle East Affairs Information Center comes this report:

While negotiations on a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians have just been resumed, the Arab League draws a line in support of the Palestinian decision not to recognize a Jewish State. As a consequence, the members of the Arab League will also not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, not now and not in the future.

The Arab foreign ministers held a meeting in Cairo on Thursday and decided to reject a demand made by Israel, asking Palestinian negotiators to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to Ma’an News Agency (Fri, Sept 17, 2010).

“In a statement issued after the meeting, the Arab League supported President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinian negotiators have recognized Israel’s right to exist, but not as a Jewish state, which officials say would prejudice the right of return for refugees and violate the rights of Israel’s non-Jewish residents. (Ma’an News Agency)”

Earlier, Palestinian official and member of the Palestinian Negotiating Team, Dr Nabeel Shaath said that

“The Palestinian National Authority will never recognise that Israel is the national state for Jewish people, as such recognition will directly threaten the Muslim and Christian Palestinians in Israel, and will prevent the Palestinian refugees who left their homes and towns decades ago, from the right to return…” (crethiplethi, Sept 14, 2010).

There can be no Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria until this matter is resolved. Here is the voice of reason on this issue:

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has made it clear in his remarks at the White House (sept 01) that

“Just as you expect us to be ready to recognize a Palestinian state as the nation-state of the Palestinian people, we expect you to be prepared to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. There are more than a million non-Jews living in Israel, the nation-state of the Jewish people, who have full civil rights. There is no contradiction between a nation-state that guarantees the national rights of the majority and guaranteeing the civil rights, the full civil equality, of the minority.” (crethiplethi, sept 02, 2010).

“If we are asked to recognize a Palestinian state, it is both natural and appropriate that the Palestinians recognize the state of the Israeli people as a Jewish state,” Netanyahu said at the start of Israel’s weekly Cabinet meeting. (crethiplethi, sept 07, 2010).

It is no less possible for a Jewish state to recognize the rights of minorities than for a Muslim state to do so. The difference is that Arabs in Israel have far more liberties than Jews in Muslim countries do. The problem here is that by holding to the "right of return" the Arabs intend to destroy the State of Israel as a Jewish-controlled homeland. This defeats the purpose of Israel's existence: to be a haven for Jews in times of persecution.

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