During talks with US President Obama last week, the Jerusalem Post reports, Israeli PM Netanyahu
spoke of the possibility of a "two peoples to live side by side in security and peace" if the Palestinians recognized Israel as a Jewish state and agreed to an end of conflict.
In an interview with the Globe and mail’s Patrick Martin, ‘Daniel Gordis, author of Saving Israel: How the Jewish State Can Win a War That May Never End , and senior vice-president of the Shalem Centre, an influential right-wing think tank in Jerusalem’ justified the demand for recognising Israel as a Jewish state, averring, ‘The concept has always been part of our history’
[Daniel Gordis, Shalem Center photo]
Ever solicitous of the Palestinians’ best interests,
...It wouldn't be exclusive...Minorities would be free to practise their own religion and culture...But if there was to be a successful Palestinian state right next door, I believe Arab Israelis would be more comfortable moving to a state of their own kind.
If the Jewish state is not central to our status, then we have no real right to refuse the return of [Palestinian] refugees.
So there you have it. Without recognition of Israel as a racist state, the ‘right to refuse’ would be wholly artificial.