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Saturday, December 01, 2007


Why "Jewish state" is not just words

Even the quisling Abbas has to recognize its significance:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his refusal on Saturday to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel Radio reported.

"Historically, there are two states - Israel and Palestinian. Israel has Jews and other people, and this we are ready to recognize, but nothing else," the radio quoted Abbas as saying shortly after he landed in Saudi Arabia after brief stops in Egypt and Jordan.

The Palestinians recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, which Jerusalem demands, is meant to bolster Israel's position that rejects the return of Palestinian refugees to areas inside the Green Line - the border before the 1967 Six-Day War.
Words do matter. The fact that Jews call themselves the "chosen people" is perhaps arrogant (and arguably leads to racism against Muslims), but it's their religion and they can call themselves whatever they want. But calling your country a "Jewish state," with all that entails (e.g., granting the "right of return" to people who have never been there, and not granting it to people who have) is very much a different matter.

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