Why Recognition Of Jewish State Is Fundamental To Peace

01/06/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has apparently bought into Jerusalem’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state — not as a precondition to peace negotiations, which are well under way again, but as a necessary outcome of them. A senior Palestinian official reportedly dismissed this position cavalierly, comparing it to recognition of America as a state of white Christians. Usually, one hears a more sophisticated and nuanced response from Palestinian leaders, namely, that it is not up to them, but rather up to the Israeli people to define the nature of their state.

Martin Raffel

Panetta to Israelis and Palestinians: 'Get To The Damn Table'

12/03/2011 - 19:00

U.S. Secretary of State Leon Panetta called on Israelis and Palestinians to “get to the damn table” and resume peace negotiations.

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