By JPOST.COM STAFF
Any peace agreement which requires the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or an exchange of land is out of the question, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.
In a Ramallah meeting with Hadash party Knesset members, Abbas said that it was now up to Israel to recognize a Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and that the PA had already recognised Israel back in 1993, thus negating the need for any further acknowledgment.
On Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at the opening of the Knesset's winter session.
In his speech, the prime minister challenged his Palestinian counterparts to continue the peace talks by saying he would initiate a cabinet proposal to renew a settlement moratorium if the Palestinian Authority would declare its recognition of Israel as a national home for the Jewish people.
"A Palestinian state could be a cause of continued conflict and terror if it is not handled responsibly." The prime minister said.
"Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is central to the dispute between us [and is necessary for its resolution]. If the Palestinians expect a national state, we can expect our own national state for the Jewish people."
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The pattern being played out is all too familiar. Israel will likely give up more land...the Palestinians will make more promises which they will break...followed by more riots and terrorism under the pretext that Israel has not given up enough. Then, all will agree to more talks replaying the pattern again.
To Israel's enemies, the talks and agreements are simply incremental steps toward their goal of annihilating the Jewish state.
However, all of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and always will. The Lord God said Israel will never be driven from their land again.
Amos 9:14-15 KJV
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
Although Israel formally re-gained her God-given land on May 14, 1948 and took control of Jerusalem on June 13, 1967, there will never be a lasting peace until the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to rule and reign in His Millennial Kingdom. That glorious day will soon be here!