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Official: PLO could recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'
Published Friday 21/02/2014 (updated) 22/02/2014 22:49
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly demanded
that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state. (Jason Reed/AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO Central Committee member Nabil Amro said Friday that there is a possibility that the Palestinian leadership could recognize Israel as a Jewish state in some form.

Amro told Ma'an that some form of recognition could be accepted by the current leadership but would need to be approved by a popular referendum.

The PLO official said that US officials must present an acceptable form of recognition, but what is currently being proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is unacceptable.

"If that was one of the main obstacles in US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts, then the active and determined Kerry has to overcome it without embarrassing Abbas or weakening any possible agreement between Palestinians and Israelis," Amro said.

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.

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 ) JoeUSA / USA
21/02/2014 15:51
The Israelis will not accept Palestinians till they make all Palestinians diehard Zionists , and then still with reservations.....

2 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
21/02/2014 17:43
Excuse me, shouldn’t the Palestinians demand that Israel recognizes a sovereign Palestinian State within the 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as its capital in return of the Palestinian's recognition of Israel as a Jewish State? In 1993, The Palestinians recognized the state of Israel and all they got in return was the Israeli recognition of the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

3 ) Michael / USA
21/02/2014 18:52
If Z state is recognized as jewish state, then Palestine should be recognized state of Abraham's FIRST BORN. PALESTINE ABU ABRAHAM

4 ) Mel / USA
21/02/2014 20:24
SURE! No probs! EXCEPT.........Israel must first retreat back to original partition lines,formally declare/mark its"Jewish" only borders,form its Constitution,return all stolen lands,resources,finance stolen from Palestine,hand over E/J,recognize PAL right of return & formally"recognize"Palestine's right to exist as a pluralistic,self-determined,SOVEREIGN state,free of Zionist theocratic oppression/persecution/collective punishment. Easy-peazy!Declare your borders"Jewish"Israel!!

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/02/2014 22:03
To Mitri #2: 'Excuse me, shouldn’t the Palestinians demand that Israel recognizes a sovereign Palestinian State within the 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as its capital in return of the Palestinian's recognition of Israel as a Jewish State? ' That's superfluous. The 1947 borders remain the only legal ones -- and Israel accepted those. First things first: get Israel to honor her commitment. There's no point in negotiating with Israel if she needn't keep her word.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/02/2014 22:08
The irony is that all this is ultimately meaningless. Israel and the US can perhaps bribe, bully, and cajole the PA leadership into accepting some absurd set of conditions. However, by the time the PA has gotten there, they will no longer have any popular support at all. The agreement will have been signed by someone who no longer can reasonably be said to speak for the Palestinians.

7 ) Sander / The Netherlands
22/02/2014 00:17
Why should Palestinians recognize a racist state and rule themselves in their own country ? In a democratic state all citizens have same rights no matter what their religion is.

8 ) Nizar, Ibrahim / U.S.A
22/02/2014 07:42
Recognizing or Declaring any nation as one belonging to a particular race, creed, ethnicity or RELIGION is inherently RACIST and must be avoided by all sane people. ENOUGH placating these Zionist thugs. They are murderers, thieves and liars. They are the worst ethnocentric racists since the Nazis. Imagine if the USA declared it was a protestant state or Mexico a catholic state. How would that be handled? Besides, we already have two Jewish states-New York and California :)

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/02/2014 09:40
I'm trying to think of the last nation that not only defined itself as the exclusive preserve of one group, but demanded that its neighbors agree. Drawing a blank here...

10 ) Outlier / USA
22/02/2014 13:09
The overwhelming - and often overwrought - Palestinian concern regarding issues ultimately of limited importance causes them lose site of the primary goal - Palestine statehood.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/02/2014 23:07
To Outlier #10: 'The overwhelming - and often overwrought - Palestinian concern regarding issues ultimately of limited importance causes them lose site of the primary goal - Palestine statehood.' The problem is that when Israelis say 'Palestinian Statehood' what they mean is a walled ghetto with its own police force. If the Palestinians are very, very good, they'll be allowed out to work for their Jewish masters.

12 ) Outlier / USA
23/02/2014 18:43
11., Sorry Colin, but you do not KNOW what a Palestinian state will be. You supposition is disingenuous at best and flat out inflammatory at worst.
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