Accepting Israel as the Jewish State

Accepting Israel as the Jewish State
by Daniel Pipes

When a major Arab state would finally sign a peace treaty with Israel, it was long assumed, the Arab-Israeli conflict would end. The Egypt-Israel peace treaty of 1979, however, buried that expectation; it had the perverse effect of making other states and also the Egyptian populace more anti-Zionist.

The 1980s gave birth to a hope that, instead, Palestinian recognition of Israel would close the conflict. The total failure of the 1993 Declaration of Principles (also known as the Oslo Accords) then buried that expectation.

Ehud Olmert (right) demanded, without success, that Mahmoud Abbas recognize Israel as the Jewish state.
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