EsinIslam Portal Media Network
17 February 2014
PLO Central Committee member Nabil Amr has been quoted
as saying that a recognition by the Palestinian
Authority (PA) of Israel as a Jewish state is possible
in some form.
He added, however, that this recognition would need to
be approved by a referendum.
On Friday morning, American Ambassador to Israel Dan
Shapiro told Israel Radio that the "framework
agreement" is likely to include recognition of Israel
as a Jewish state.
It is uncertain if Amr was voicing his own opinion or
trying to just test Palestinian public reactions to a
possible move toward recognizing Israel as a Jewish
state by the PA leadership.
The PLO-PA leadership consistently refused to
recognize Israel as a Jewish state, citing undeclared
Israeli motives behind the "impossible demand."
Most Palestinians interpret the Israeli demand as a
rabid effort by the Zionist establishment to wrest
from the weak Palestinian leadership a recognition or
an acknowledgment that Israel has or will have the
right to expel Palestinians who are Israeli citizens,
especially if and when the Palestinian minority, which
constitutes more than 20% of Israel's overall
population, poses a demographic challenge to Israel's
Moreover, the manifestly racist demand does also
denote and connote Israel's right to refuse to allow
the repatriation of any significant number of
Palestinian refugees, violently uprooted from their
homes when Israel was established in Palestine in
Unfortunately, the PA leadership seems overzealous to
reach a deal with Israel by the hook or by the crook.
This is why many Palestinians, including this writer,
don't feel that the PA can really be entrusted with
the paramount task of safeguarding Palestinian
national interests, especially our inalienable rights.
True, in peace negotiations, it is often necessary to
show a certain degree of good will in order to
outmaneuver one's enemy. However, the fundamental
issues including the right of return must not be
subject to political or diplomatic maneuvers of any
Similarly, Abbas and his leadership have no right to
prejudice the national survival of the Arab community
in Israel. These people are their own masters and
neither the PA-PLO nor the Arab League or the
organizations of Muslim states have any right to speak
on their own behalf.
These people are living in their ancestral homeland
and their national existence is an immutable constant
not subject to Zionist whims and vagaries. In short,
Palestinians across the Green Line are not and must
not be used as bargaining chip or negotiation asset by
the Ramallah leadership.
Some PLO leaders, who follow the adage "feed me today
and kill me tomorrow," might be prompted to think that
Israel is using this issue of recognizing her as a
Jewish state as a mere negotiation tactic to
outmaneuver the Palestinians and that in light of this
the Palestinians must reciprocate by heeding the
Israeli demand if only to deprive Israel of this
However, it would be too foolhardy to think this way
because in the final analysis Israel has one strategic
goal and that is to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
Hence, there is no doubt that the recognition by the
PLO of Israel as a Jewish state would be tantamount to
committing an act of lewdness with the Palestinian
This is why the Palestinian leadership must be warned
in the strongest terms against tampering with
Palestinian national constants.
We must loudly protest any indication suggesting that
the PA is about to sell out our inalienable rights in
our ancestral homeland.
A few days ago, Israeli negotiator and cabinet
minister Tzipi Livni declared that Israel as a Jewish
state had no future in the absence of peace.
This shows that time is not on the side of the Jewish
entity. In light, we must not help Israel reclaim a
future at our expense just in order to please John
Kerry and receive from him a certificate of good
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated journalist living in the Hebron
region of the West Bank.