Israel MFA posted this summary of an editorial in the newspaper Yisrael Hayom.
The highlighted sentence caught my eye and is, I thought, worthy of further discussion.
(quote)Yisrael Hayom considers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the national state of the Jewish People in the context of the current Fatah conference. While the author acknowledges that Israel's existence is not predicated on such recognition, he asserts that, "If we want peace, then this recognition is both necessary and urgent." The paper suggests that the Palestinians' "principled refusal, even if it means giving up on both peace and the establishment of their state, attests that their opposition is substantive," and belies their stated desire for peace with Israel. The author avers that "The substance of the conflict is the question of the Jewish People's right to an independent, sovereign state in the Land of Israel," and adds that, "The Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular, are unwilling to countenance this right." The paper cautions, however, that such recognition must be substantive and not merely declarative and declares that "The substantive significance of recognizing the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish People is giving up on the claim of a 'right of return' for the refugees' grandchildren and great-grandchildren." The author calls on the Government "to announce that the 'refugee' issue, i.e. the demand for 'the right of return' is not part of any negotiations," and adds that "Only when the Palestinians accept this will there finally be the sign that we have partner for peace. We will wait to hear what the Fatah conference decides."(end quote)
In particular, I am interested in the Israeli view of the origins of this right and how and why this exercising this right coincided with stripping Palestinians of their rights. Or am I on the wrong page here.
I am sure some here can enlighten me.