May 1, 2014

Israel's Unreasonable Negotiating Position

Michael Young, The National

The Associated Press

Israeli officials were angry at the comparison with South Africa. But Mr Kerry was being generous. Israel has direct or indirect control over the lives of millions of Palestinians, who have been under illegal occupation for nearly half a century. The Netanyahu government’s demand that Palestinians recognise the Jewish nature of Israel can only be understood as a means of weighing the system against Israel’s own Arab citizens.

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TAGGED: Apartheid, John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas, West Bank, Settlements, Middle East, Palestinians, Palestine, Israel


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