Palestinians Must Recognize Israel as a Jewish State
Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state will be crucial to ensure a lasting and stable peace, said the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
“We join Prime Minister Netanyahu in urging President Abbas to return to direct talks with Israel -quickly and without the terrorist organization Hamas,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “The vision that Netanyahu laid out to Congress of an economically and politically successful Palestinian state will require the Palestinians to explicitly recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people; two states for two peoples marked by mutually agreed upon borders. These lines will have to meet the security needs of the Israelis while being, as Netanyahu said, generous to the Palestinians. Such an agreement, reached only in talks between the two parties, and not unilaterally at the UN, will create more opportunities for the Palestinians, and allow them to surpass the already notable economic development in the West Bank. Just as Israel accepts the legitimacy of the Palestinian people’s right to self determination, so must the Palestinians accept the Jewish people’s rights in our historic homeland to help create a sustainable peace.”
“There can be no place in these talks for a Hamas which does not renounce terror and recognize Israel as a secure sovereign Jewish state,” said JCPA Chair Dr. Conrad Giles. “As we have heard from both President Obama and Netanyahu in recent days, there is great opportunity in the sweeping changes in the Middle East, but also great dangers. Terrorism and extremism continue to be fomented by parties like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran, which is pursuing nuclear weapons. We are encouraged by the continued commitment from the US, Israel, and the international community in preventing a nuclear Iran.”
He continued, “The ‘Arab Spring’ is a movement towards greater freedoms and prosperity. We hope this will inspire more countries to reject the terrorism and repression of Iran and its allies, and instead seek a stable and peaceful relationship with Israel. The shared core values that bind the US and Israel will help to shape a more democratic, prosperous, and peaceful new Middle East.”