From Ynet News, 17 October2010, by Moshe Dann:
...Wasn't Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state part of the Oslo Accords?
...if the Oslo Accords, and Wye, and Hebron Agreements did not mean an end to incitement and terrorism, what do they mean?
And, if these agreements do not mean what they say, why did Israel give up territory, help create a Palestinian army, and transfer billions of dollars to the PA?...
De-legitimization must stop
If the PA has not lived up to its agreements, why doesn't President Peres object that he was misled? Why isn't he demanding that the Palestinians live up to their side of the bargain? Or, is he part of the campaign of disinformation?
The fact that PM Netanyahu needs to call for recognition, and is rejected by the PA, means that the agreements were a fake...
That the Israeli government offers further concessions in return for what was agreed to during the past 17 years, is a disgrace.
...Those who oppose "the occupation" owe the Israeli people an explanation for why Palestinians reject any form of recognition of Israel's legitimacy – and why they remain silent in the face of that insult. Why do they call for boycotts of Israel, and refuse to demand PA compliance?
...It's time to freeze the system that rewards PA non-compliance and contributes to undermining Israel, at home and the international community. PA de-legitimization of Israel must stop now.
...the question of recognition shows that the primary dispute – obviously – is not over territory, but over Israel's existence.
PM Netanyahu's demand that Palestinian leaders recognize Israel as a Jewish state is not a semantic tease; Israel's Jewish character is its raison d'etre, the "Jewish national home," and the essence of its sovereignty.