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'Jewish state' recognition urged

 
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Israel's defence minister has said that Arabs must recognise his country as a Jewish state before an independent Palestinian state can be created.

Ehud Barak told a news conference in Cairo on Sunday that there would be "intense efforts" in the coming weeks to set out the way forward in peace talks, but more needed to be done before a two-state soultion became a reality.

"More steps must be taken in order to reach a situation where it is possible for Israelis and Palestinians to live in two states side by side in peace and with mutual respect," Barak said after the talks.

But he said that any resolution to the issue would need to include "respect for the nature of Israel as a state for the Jewish people".

Barak made the remarks after meeting Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president; Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief; and Hussein Tantawi, the defence minister, in the Egyptian capital.

'Peace and security'

An Israeli official said Barak's visit aimed to look at ways to move forward following a speech by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, in which he applied heavy conditions for the establishment of any future Palestinian state.

 

"He made it clear that the end result, the goal of the whole process is to have a situation where the two peoples, Palestinian and Israeli, are living side by side in two states in good neighbourliness, peace and security," Barak said.

"It is a really unique opportunity for the peace process because the common interest is so apparent regarding the struggle against hegemonic Iran, against radical terrorism, against proliferation of nuclear weapons."

Egypt has dismissed the speech as flawed, while the Palestinians have complained that it effectively rules out a sovereign Palestinian state.

Netanyahu said any two-state solution would first require international guarantees that the Palestinians would not be allowed army or control over their own borders and airspace.

He also ruled Palestinians being allowed to return to their lands inside what is now Israel and said that Jerusalem would remain undivided, dismissing Palestinian claims that the east of the city should be the capital of any future state.

Recognition issues

Palestinian leaders have previously refused to recognise Israel as a Jewish state because they believe it weakens the position of the 20 per cent of Israel's citizens who are Arabs.

They also say it undermines the key demand for Palestinians refugees to return to the areas they left in 1948.

Mubarak has said that Israel's call to be recognised as a state for the Jewish people undermined efforts to achieve peace and has said he told Netanyahu, who visited Egypt last month, that peace talks should resume where they left off.

"The call to recognise Israel as a Jewish state complicates things further and scuppers the possibilities for peace," state news agency MENA quoted Mubarak as saying at a military ceremony.
 

 

 

 

 


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Source: Al Jazeera
 
 
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you called yourself peacefull ? Comment Title:
2/11/2011 12:04:03 PM Date:
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karam hashem dont know peace if it hit him in the face and sceem :boooo !!!! your comment shows no understanding on the true state that thing are in the west bank,israel and gaza! palastinians cant get along between themselfs and you think they can have a state??? your comment about islamic world with relation to the jewish state is arrogent at best and downright ignorent about jewish history,it reminds me akrylov story of the wolf who wanted to eat the lamb and kept using excuses to justfy his action. Comment:
 

Recognition is impossible ! Comment Title:
7/14/2009 4:20:01 PM Date:
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Among many issue related to the Arab/Isreali conflict, the recognition for Jewish State isn't only impossible but totally rejected! I was astonished and disappointed by the speech made by Israel P.M recently and was expecting a more balanced and fair speech but he intentionaly undermined the whole peace process and asked for W A R ! I am not going to provide a long comment on his speech as it doesn't deserve much attention when he fully neglected realizing peace with the Palestinians and Arabs and brought us to ground zero, but I am going to say it in short in order to provide my point of view towards the arrogancy of the Isreali P.M who doesn't hold any feeling for peace and continue his fatal aggressiveness against the palestinians without any mercy,, This polich leave us with two choices, when sreal has only two years to make up its mind either to go for final peace process or be ready for a new term of large war with the Palestinians and the Arabs as well as, with muslims around the world?! We waited for more than 60 years to realize peace with Isreal after witnessing 4 wars, and alas, we are still extending our hands to the Isrealis.When we see that Israel would be more benefited from a stable and final peace with us and with 58 Arab and Muslim States, which comprise one third of the world's communty, or else be ready for a W A R! There is no more than two choices and Isreal has to decide choosing one of them, either to go for a final reconciliation towards a peace settlement in accordance with the many initiatives and the UN resolutions and most recently the Arab peace initiative which had been submitted by the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz AL-Saud, or choose a destructive war which would be final between both of us?!!! We can not wait more than we have already waited and as such hold America and the Western European countries as well as, the world community the whole responsiblity for reaching to such a catastrophic result?! , I was astonished and disappointed by the speech made by Israel P.M recently and was expecting a more balanced and fair speech but he intentionaly undermined the whole peace process and asked for W A R ! I am not going to provide a long comment on his speech as it neglected peace with the Palestinians and Arabs and brought us to ground zero, but I am going to say it in short, and what I say most of the time do happen! Isreal has only two years to make up its mind either to go for final peace process or be ready for a new term of large war with the Palestinians and the Arabs as well with muslims around the world?! We waited for more than 60 years to realize peace with Isreal and we are still extending our hands, Israel would be more benefited from a stable and final peace with us and with 58 Arab and Muslim countries which are one third of the world's communty, or be ready for a W A R! There is no more than two choices and Isreal has to choose one, either to go for a final peace settlement in accordance with the many initiatives and the UN resolutions and most recently the Arab peace initiative which has been submitted by the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, King Abndullah Ben Abdul Aziz AL-Saud, or choose a destructive war which would be final between both of us?!!! We can not wait more than we have already waited and as such hold America and the Western European countries and the world community the whole responsiblity for reaching to such a catastrophic result?! Israel doesn't seek for Peace! Reader comment on item: A Rapid and Harsh Turn against Israel Submitted by Karam H AL-Hashmi, Jun 18, 2009 at 09:57 I was astonished and disappointed by the speech made by Israel P.M recently and was expecting a more balanced and fair speech but he intentionaly undermined the whole peace process and asked for W A R ! I am not going to provide a long comment on his speech as it neglected peace with the Palestinians and Arabs and brought us to ground zero, but I am going to say it in short, and what I say most of the time do happen! Isreal has only two years to make up its mind either to go for final peace process or be ready for a new term of large war with the Palestinians and the Arabs as well with muslims around the world?! We waited for more than 60 years to realize peace with Isreal and we are still extending our hands, Israel would be more benefited from a stable and final peace with us and with 58 Arab and Muslim countries which are one third of the world's communty, or be ready for a W A R! There is no more than two choices and Isreal has to choose one, either to go for a final peace settlement in accordance with the many initiatives and the UN resolutions and most recently the Arab peace initiative which has been submitted by the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, King Abndullah Ben Abdul Aziz AL-Saud, or choose a destructive war which would be final between both of us?!!! We can not wait more than we have already waited and as such hold America and the Western European countries and the world community the whole responsiblity for reaching to such a catastrophic result?! Comment:
 

 
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