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Obama to Palestinians: Accept the Jewish State

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 11:20 AM
Amazing. Obama finally gets SOMETHING right? I wonder if it caused him to experience an heretofore unfamiliar sensation. That sensation that comes to one's soul when he does something right and true.

One key shift in U.S. policy was overlooked in the barrage of news about Barack Obama's eventful fifty-hour visit to Israel last week. That would be the demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, called by Hamas leader Salah Bardawil "the most dangerous statement by an American president regarding the Palestinian issue."

First, some background: Israel's founding documents aimed to make the country a Jewish state. Modern Zionism effectively began with the publication in 1896 of Theodor Herzl's book, Der Judenstaat ("The Jewish State"). The Balfour Declaration of 1917 favors "a national home for the Jewish...