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DANIEL PIPES: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OBAMA SAID IN ISRAEL: PALESTINIANS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT ISRAEL WILL BE A JEWISH STATE

by Rhonda Spivak, March 26, 2013

 

Daniel Pipes wrote an article in the Washington Times,  which outlined the most important thing that Obama said in his trip to Israel--which is that Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state (as opposed to a state called Israel where millions of Palestinian refugees can return and ultimately become the majority). As Pipes wrote:

    Then, in his Jerusalem speech last week, Obama suddenly and unexpectedly adopted in full the Israeli demand: “Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state.”

     

    That sentence breaks important new ground and cannot readily be undone. It also makes for excellent policy, for without such recognition, Palestinian acceptance of Israel is hollow, indicating only a willingness to call the future state they dominate “Israel” rather than “Palestine.”

    While not the only shift in policy announced during Obama’s trip (another: telling the Palestinians not to set preconditions for negotiations), this one looms largest because it starkly contravenes the Palestinian consensus. Bardawil may hyperbolically assert that it “shows that Obama has turned his back to all Arabs” but those ten words in fact establish a readiness to deal with the conflict’s central issue. They likely will be his most important, most lasting, and most constructive contribution to Arab-Israeli diplomacy.

 

It is worth reading Pipes's complete piece by clicking here:Washington Times

 
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