Pakistan will eventually have to recognize Israel, but it would be political suicide to do so today, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said.
"We cannot do something that sidelines us from the Muslim world," Musharraf said after a speech to the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Musharraf said his country would consider formally recognizing Israel only after the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
"It must be done eventually," Musharraf said. But he reiterated that the Palestinian issue must be resolved comprehensively, calling it a major contributing factor to every conflict in the Middle East.