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’
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.