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The ‘Jewish State’ Issue

During testimony to Congress last week, Secretary of State Kerry criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Mr. Kerry said it was a mistake to raise the issue now because international law and various UN resolutions already recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland and the late Yasir Arafat, when he was the chairman of the Palestinian governing body, had endorsed those references.

Not only was the secretary’s comment a departure from prior American policy and still another example of the U.S. caving in the face of Palestinian adamancy, it also inadvertently pointed to a serious lack of commitment on the part of the Palestinians to achieving a genuine resolution of the conflict.

Testifying before the House Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Kerry said: “I think it’s a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state, and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear.”

He also told a Senate panel that “ ‘Jewish state’ was resolved in 1947 in Resolution 181 where there are more than 40, 30 mentions of ‘Jewish state.’ In addition, Chairman Arafat in 1988 and again in 2004 confirmed that he agreed it would be a Jewish state. And there are any other number of mentions.”

Compare that with what President Obama had to say in a speech in Jerusalem a year ago, on March 21, 2013: “…Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their security.”

In the context of the Obama administration’s continuing disregard of its own self-imposed “red lines” regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons, Iran’s march toward nuclear power, and, most recently, Russia’s naked aggression against Ukraine, the flip-flop on Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state should not have been surprising.

Still, it speaks volumes as to why Israel and other Middle East countries are fast losing confidence in the United States as a bulwark against terrorism, Iran’s nuclear blackmail, and Russian intimidation and expansionism.

But for the Palestinians this is all even more serious business, and there is method to their madness.

President Abbas acknowledges that Yasir Arafat endorsed UN resolutions recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Yet the Palestinian National Charter was never amended to reflect that and to this day declares “absolute irrevocable opposition to recognition of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ to protect the rights of refugees and the rights of [Palestinians] beyond the Green Line.”

In fact, there has never been any formal document adopted by the Palestinians acknowledging Israel as a Jewish state.

Moreover, the UN resolutions everyone is referring to were adopted by the UN General Assembly, not the UN Security Council. Under the UN Charter the former is essentially a deliberative body while the latter is empowered to take action. The General Assembly operates by majority vote of all UN members while any action by the Security Council, including recognition of statehood, must have the affirmative vote of a majority of its 13 members, including its five permanent members – the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France and China.

So it is easy to see why the Palestinians would wish to burnish the authority of the General Assembly, where they enjoy automatic and overwhelming majorities on all of their issues with Israel. Indeed, two years ago the Palestinians were able to win extralegal recognition of various claims of statehood by the General Assembly after being rebuffed in the Security Council when the U.S. exercised its veto power. And the Palestinians have vowed that if the current negotiations do not yield an agreement for a Palestinian state to their liking, they will return to the General Assembly.

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7 Responses to “The ‘Jewish State’ Issue”

  1. Lynne Marton says:

    Every single time I hear that from his mouth I want to scream!!!!! THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT KERRY!!! ISRAEL IS A STATE!!!!!! YOU CANNOT TAKE THAT AWAY!!!!!!!

  2. John Kerry’s daughter married an Iranian-american with close ties inside Iran.

  3. John Kerry’s daughter married an Iranian-american with close ties inside Iran.

  4. Kerry needs to zip it. Seriously.

  5. GOD Will Take Care Of Everything!!

  6. Loren Renee says:

    Kerry misses the point that acceptance of Israel is an acceptance of international law. Without accepting the yoke of the law one cannot realistically say that they have given up terror in favor of statehood. Israel and any thinking person would understand this is the most basic of preconditions. You can only hope to negotiate with statesmen (or women) you cannot negotiate with a terrorist because there is no compulsion to deal with integrity. That’s the foundation of terrorist ideals.

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