Analysis: "Jewish state" demand complicates intricate equation
The emphasis is ours but really, we could have boldfaced nearly every word in the above diatribe to illustrate the sickness unto death that is Reuters today.On the Middle East carousel of claims, recrimination and evasion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state could be seen as yet more spin.
Floated anew by the right-wing leader on Monday, this time as a condition for Israel extending a West Bank settlement freeze so that peace negotiations might resume, the demand was immediately rejected by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas already accepts coexistence with Israel and should not be expected to endorse its internal constitution, his aides say; and Israel never set such terms for peace with Egypt and Jordan.
The fact Netanyahu, under U.S. pressure for a breakthrough, now seeks to win a core Palestinian concession in exchange for a bureaucratic gesture like another temporary curb on settlement housing starts has many Israeli pundits sharing the skepticism.
Critics accuse the prime minister of indulging in right-wing demagogy and say his move was a hapless attempt at trying to shift the blame for the talks stalemate onto the Palestinians by seeking something he knew the other side would never accept.
"A Jewish state demand complicates the equation". But the demand for a "Palestinian Muslim state" does not?
"Netanyahu's call on Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state could be seen as spin". But Abbas' demand for a Judenrein state is apparently straight as an arrow.
"Israel never set such terms for peace with Egypt and Jordan". Perhaps that is because Egypt and Jordan never threatened to flood Israel with 6 million of their denizens.
"A core Palestinian concession in exchange for a bureaucratic gesture like another temporary curb on settlement housing starts". As in a request that the Palestinian Arabs accept that which the international community formally resolved over six decades ago, a Jewish state, while the Jews accept an abrogation of their rights under international law.
And then there are those anonymous "pundits" and "critics" who apparently agree with Mr. Williams that the Israeli Prime Minister is engaged in "right-wing demagogy" and "hapless" blame-shifting.