Abbas has stated at the Arab League meeting this weekend in Cairo that he (The PA) will never recognise Israel as a Jewish State. Abbas charged that instead of advancing the peace process, Israel was working to set up an apartheid state, including Jews-only buses, establishment of Israeli legal sovereignty over West Bank settlements, the proposed “Jewish state” law, and requirements of declarations of loyalty by citizens.
Be that as it may whatever Israeli and diaspora Jews may think of Abbas not being a true partner for peace more and more of the world’s media is favoring who they see as the under-dogs in this long and bitter struggle. Not only world media but also many left-wing and liberals with incredibly large Union funds and power are also firmly behind the PSC and BDS movements.
So is it time for Israel to recognize a state called Palestine?
Some may argue this exists already and is called Jordan however we are dealing here with a people who feel they have a genuine right to a state and self-determination. We Jews can’t disagree with that, it’s exactly what we prayed for and wanted for over 2000 years. So what damage can this recognition do to Israel or can it be a positive in the eyes of the world?
If we start with the premise that a state has responsibilities to its citizens, its neighbours and to the wider world then surely delivering those responsibilities will be an immense challenge to the PA. Furthermore the PA will need to defend its borders, as such it will need to issue passports to its citizens and Israel will be able to legitimately control the access to its land without the world criticizing. In one fell swoop Israel puts the PA under immense pressure to deliver on it’s aims and at the same time can claim to the world that the Palestinians have exactly what they wanted so the world can now get on and deal with the real issues that they need to solve such as Islamic terror, Ebola and fighting poverty.
Now I am sure that this recognition would lead to more bleating from the Palestinians such as how to run an economy without the ‘crutch’ of Israel and they will go on and on about a ‘law of return’ and water and infrastructure and anything else they can think of. The big ‘however’ on all of this is; you asked for a State, you got a state, now go on and build a future. Its not our problem anymore, yes you may not have the exact borders you wished for, you may not have all of Jerusalem as your capital, you have Jews living amongst you (as Israel has Arabs living amongst them), you may not have a currency or an army or an education and health system, but hey guys you got your state.
In one brave declaration from The Knesset they get rid of this mess, declare Israel as the Jewish homeland and invite all citizens regardless of race, creed, colour or religion to be a loyal citizen in the Jewish State. If you don’t like it then its easy, go live in the new state of Palestine.