A Jewish State
Why John Kerry’s Palestine diplomacy is failing.
WSJ, Mar. 20, 2014
“I think it is a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a [Palestinian] state and peace,” Mr. Kerry told Congress last week. The “some people” refers especially to Benjamin Netanyahu, while the “it” is the Israeli Prime Minister’s insistence that the Arab world recognize his country as a Jewish state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to do so, and earlier this month the Arab League met in Cairo to emphasize “its rejection of recognizing Israel as a ‘Jewish state.”’
To Israeli ears, as to ours, the League’s rejection of a Jewish state exposes the deep insincerity of the Arab world’s approach to peace. As Mr. Kerry pointed out in his testimony, Resolution 181, the General Assembly resolution that put the U.N.’s stamp on Israel’s creation, refers to a “Jewish State” more than 30 times. The late Yasser Arafat said at least twice that he accepted Israel as a Jewish state.
You would think, then, that Mr. Kerry would put the onus on Mr. Abbas, who claims to accept Resolution 181, to accept what’s in the Resolution itself. Instead, Mr. Kerry pointed a not-so-subtle finger at Israel…..