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Netanyahu: For peace, Palestine must accept Israel as 'Jewish state'
Published Sunday 08/12/2013 (updated) 09/12/2013 15:13
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly
cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 28, 2013
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state" is "the minimal requirement for peace."

During a webcast video speech to the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to "come to grips" with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace negotiations to succeed.

He added: "But it's not the only requirement. ... There must be iron-clad security arrangements to protect the peace."

Under the Obama administration, "defense, security, and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel ... has reached new heights," Netanyahu said.

According to the Institute for Middle East Understanding, the US has donated an average of $3 billion annually to Israel since 1985, and two thirds of the donation is designated for military aid.

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, who also spoke at the conference, reiterated that the Palestinian side had no intention to change its "narrative, history, and beliefs in order to accept Israel as a Jewish state."

"We have recognized the right of Israel to exist in peace and security on the 1967 borders and we stand by our recognition," he also said, according to a Palestinian official.

He also called on the US and Israel to recognize the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, and he said that he was surprised that neither country had seized the "opportunity" to recognize it.

Netanyahu claimed that he and his predecessors have consistently been willing to compromise with the Palestinians.

"This conflict didn't begin because we denied the right of the Palestinian people to a state of their own," Netanyahu said.

There would be peace, Netanyahu said, if "there were no longer any Palestinian national claims on the Jewish state - no right of return ... no residual claims of any kind. And that, the Palestinians have so far been unwilling to give."

More than 760,000 Palestinians - estimated today to number 4.8 million including their descendants - were forced into exile or driven out of their homes in the conflict surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

Palestinian officials have repeatedly said that recognizing the concept of Israel as a "Jewish state" is unnecessary and threatens the rights of nearly 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who remained in their homes during the displacement of the majority of the Palestinian population during the 1948 war.

The right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land is enshrined in article 11 of UN resolution 194.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Karl / US
08/12/2013 21:26
For peace Israel must accept a Palestinian state and the Palestinian people because as time goes on the people at risk of Netanyahus's madness are the Israelis

2 ) Mel / USA
08/12/2013 21:27
Herr Beebster!The world will "accept" Israel as a kosher Wienerschnitzel mitt Kraut,as long as Israel RETREATS BACK to allocated(not taken or occupied)borders,disarms its nukes,removes ze apartheid vall &leaves Palestine to its Resolution 242 legal & HUMAN RIGHTS! You can take your apartheid wall Bibi &surround your 'Zionist'State with it,so the rest of humanity-including tolerant,intelligent,Jews-DOESN'T have to worry re:Zionist DEATH SQUADS,bunker-busters,Drones&F-16's killing INNOCENTS!

3 ) Helena / Norway
08/12/2013 21:29
Yes, but not in Palestinian areas.

4 ) Maureen / Australia
08/12/2013 21:33
Two problems for Netanyahu. Major parts of 'Israel' are sitting on stolen land! Israel cannot be a theocracy and a democracy at the same time!

5 ) Wissam / Palestine
08/12/2013 22:11
LOL go back to Poland Milliekowsky

6 ) mohamed / somalia
08/12/2013 22:20
and other precondition .

7 ) mohamed / somalia
08/12/2013 22:29
the palestinian recognized israel 1988 so what he mean recogniition as jewish state?.

8 ) Nicholas Rehl / United States of America
08/12/2013 22:45
Israel is definitely a racist, apartheid state! Over 50 laws discriminating against people based on religion and race. Israel is a filthy, ethnic-cleansing monster.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/12/2013 00:06
The demand is (a) ridiculous. Zionism defines Jews as a people; no other state in the world is recognized as the exclusive preserve of one people. However unusual it might be, I could emigrate to Japan, take out citizenship, and legally be Japanese. (b) it's insincere. Netanyahu only dreamed this requirement up when he needed something he could be sure the Palestinians would never accept. The whole point is to prevent peace.

10 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
09/12/2013 12:54
It is very hard to understand how Kerry can carry on with the so-called peace negociations given these statements and the recent ones by Bennett and Liebermann. Do they clear their declarations with Livni beforehand ? How can she possibly go on with the talks ? They are a sham. But perhaps they have a purpose that escapes me.

11 ) jesse / usa
09/12/2013 18:25
@ COLIN- see if you can use the same mentality as a jew who moves to ANY arab country and see if you get the same result as your example. bottom line. even in an area of land that EVERYBODY considers to belong to Israel, NO arab will recognize Israel to exist even in that piece of land. that's is the crux of the issue. Arafat said it best in his UN speech. Israel can exist, but not in the middle east. let them go to canada

12 ) Giacomo / USA
09/12/2013 18:37
When you say "we" recognized Israel Saeb, who exactly are you referring to? The Palestinian leadership who prevailed in the last free and fair elections (a mandate from the populace) still openly calls for the destruction of Israel. The fact is the "Palestinians" have not recognized Israel at all. Coupled with 12 defensive wars, 2 state-sponsored intifadas, purposeful illegal targeting of civilians, ongoing incitement against Jews... you are fully complicit in this mess; negotiate peace now.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/12/2013 23:36
To Carol Scheller #10: 't is very hard to understand how Kerry can carry on with the so-called peace negociations given...' It's very easy to understand -- if mildly depressing. I just find it odd that someone would so abase themselves for so meaningless a form of prestige. I mean, Kerry's rich anyway -- why be a pathetically transparent puppet? Just quit. I would. It's funny: I really wouldn't grovel like this to obtain so worthless an honor. No one's going to try me -- but it's true.

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/12/2013 23:45
To Carol #10: '...But perhaps they have a purpose that escapes me.' Well, first off, they have to continue, since part of our support for Israel is based on the lie that it is a peaceloving, 'nice' country, etc. Ergo, if there's conflict, we have to pretend that Israel actually wants to resolve it. Secondly, the hope is that some simulacrim of a 'settlement' can be reached that the PA leadership can be bribed to accept.

15 ) Common / Sense
10/12/2013 03:42
#2) Mel, if you have Nazi/fascist tendencies, then you should join a Hezbollah forum and Hitler salute each time you post your fascist nonsense. You seem to treat Israel the same way the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1930s, Hajj Amin al-Husayni, treated Jews when he sat down with Adolf and plotted their demise in the spirit of the final solution. Is that what you are trying to advocate here?

16 ) Outlier / USA
10/12/2013 05:19
Haven't both sides had enough with the preconditions?

17 ) southparkbear / usa
10/12/2013 05:42
and that tiny request makes sure palestinians will have a monaco size state if any

18 ) Justice & Only Justice / Palestine
10/12/2013 09:34
Many people all over the world condemn what Netanyahu said about what is called Jewish-State in Palestine but no one condemns the Israeli-Jews or other Zionist-Jews who support Netanyahu. Unfortunately lot of westerns still consider Israel as democratic state in middle east and at the same time they forget to mention that Nazi-Germany was democratic state as well. Should we support both of them or condemn both of them together? !!!

19 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2013 09:51
To jesse #11: '@ COLIN- see if you can use the same mentality as a jew who moves to ANY arab country and see if you get the same result as your example. bottom line. even in an area of land that EVERYBODY considers to belong to Israel, NO arab will recognize Israel to exist even in that piece of land. that's is the crux of the issue. ' None of this is true. See the Arab Peace Initiative, for starters.

20 ) Colin Wright / Israel
10/12/2013 09:55
To Giacomo #12: ' Coupled with 12 defensive wars, 2 state-sponsored intifadas, purposeful illegal targeting of civilians, ongoing incitement against Jews... you are fully complicit in this mess; negotiate peace now...' This makes no sense no matter how you look at it. Either you are claiming the Arabs waged the 'twelve defensive wars,' or you are claiming the Jews staged the intifadas. I can go with the first; but the second is silly.

21 ) Common / Sense
10/12/2013 10:57
#18) Israel IS a democratic state. Germany was democratic when they elected Adolf Hitler to power as Chancellor. Once Hitler took power, he started bypassing the conventions and laws that ruled the government and the land and started to behave like a tyrant and dictator until he established himself as the F?hrer above all. At that point, Germany ceased being democratic. Nothing like that in Israel; quite the opposite. Israel is a country ruled democratically, whether you like to admit it or not.

22 ) Dimi / Germany
10/12/2013 11:34
Israel wants a peace deal,but...PA wants the same,but...My conclusion:neither nor wants a real deal.We should remember both came to negotiations under the pressure of USA. Consequently,Israel/PA should stop their "artificial"talks waiting for the consequences they have to bear.i.g. Israel will expand settle- ments in West Bank and Palestinians will respond with Intifada.May be it sounds crazy but what is the alternative?

23 ) Hamza Abu Ghraib / M.East
10/12/2013 14:24
Both parties have a choice, keep negotiating & try to reach an agrrement that both can accept, or let this run to its logical conclusion; Israel expands to full capacity, Palestine decreases, 3rd Intifada starts, the world carries on as usual. CONCESSIONS need to be made on both sides for this to work! Bibi cannot have an intrinsically 'Jewish State' based on race or historical claim to land rights, but possibly one that incorporates Jewish Laws into the constitution (like 'Islamic' states do).

24 ) @ Hamza-23 / Insight
10/12/2013 16:42
You are one of the few Muslims with any Insight into what the future holds.
However, Both sides believe that the "CONCESSIONS need to be made by the Other side" only, so "reaching an agreement that both can accept" is IMPOSSIBLE, so it will have to "run to its logical conclusion", where:
- "Israel expands to full capacity",
- "Palestine decreases",
- a "3rd Intifada starts", and
- "the world carries on as usual".
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