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Peres Demand for ‘Jewish State’ Recognition an Obstacle to Peace

President Shimon Peres has told diplomatic officials that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a “Jewish State” is “unnecessary” and is an obstacle to a peace pact, the Yisrael HaYom newspaper reported Wednesday.

The “Jewish state” issue has been one of Netanyahu’s’ favorite ploys to make PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas look stupid. The more Netanya raises the issue, the more Abbas gets his back up, while at the same time insisting that no Jews will be allowed to live in a Palestinian country.

That puts even J Street in a tough position.

But Peres, like Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, don’t understand the Big Picture that Netanyahu sees, a picture of diplomatic chess to put the opposition in a defenseless corner.

Instead, they make out the matter of recognition of a “Jewish State” to be a useless principle.

Not surprisingly, relations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres are not the best, but then again, that parallels Netanyahu’s relations with another president, Barack Obama. His statements have leaned towards Netanyahu’s demand and away from Peres and Lapid’s efforts to finds a way to let Abbas off the hook.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “Peres Demand for ‘Jewish State’ Recognition an Obstacle to Peace”

  1. Obstacle to peace? Peres is a peacenik who’d have pulled back to the Green Line long ago if he’d had his way. If he’s an “obstacle to peace” then there IS no peace — just annihilation!

  2. Whoever denies the Torah and the Faith is no longer part of the People of Israel.

  3. very respectfully it is not, and should not be dismissed…period

  4. It is a Jewish State. They have their own territory that they can name whatever they wish.

  5. Time for Peres to SHUT UP.

  6. Time for him to go and be quiet. Even Rabin called him the ultimate schemer and not to be trusted.

  7. Pearl Ezekiel says:

    Abbas not recognizing Israel as a Jewish. Abbas is telling Israel and the world that the land of Israel is Arab, and we will get it in time.

  8. Peres is complete senile, he should with Kerry making ketchup.

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