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The Palestinian red line

It is high time the Palestinians recognize the Jewish people’s right to their ancient homeland.

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo by: REUTERS
The media reported that Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, rejected the peace proposals submitted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The Palestinians leaked that Abbas sent a letter to Kerry reiterating his complete opposition to the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. This was declared a “red line” that the Palestinians will not cross.

This “red line” is not just about semantics, but rather the essence of the conflict. The Palestinian position amounts to denying the Jews the right to establish their state in their homeland. It also indicates without any doubt that the Palestinians, despite the conventional wisdom, are not ready to reach a historic compromise with Zionism, the Jewish national revival movement.



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