Netanyahu Demands Palestinians Recognize ‘Jewish State’
16 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Thursday that his government would condition talks over Palestinian statehood on the Palestinians first recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.
“Israel expects the Palestinians to first recognize Israel as a Jewish state before talking about two states for two peoples,” a senior official in Netanyahu’s office quoted the new prime minister as telling Mitchell, U.S. President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East.
Mitchell had been expected to ask the prime minister during their meeting to clarify Israel’s position regarding the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria.
A decision has been made in Washington to follow a regional peace plan that will be based on the Arab peace initiative, bolstered by international security guarantees for Israel. >>>