Saturday, January 17, 2009

Which Israel should we recognise?

Edward Platt's excellent piece in this week's New Statesman ends with the final paragraph:

'After all, it is hardly fair to expect Hamas to live up to international obligations while Israel continues to ignore its own, as Haniyeh pointed out in February 2006. When told that Hamas must recognise Israel, accept all existing agreements made by the Palestine Liberation Organisation and renounce violence, he said that the same conditions should be put to Israel as well. "Let Israel recognise the legitimate rights of the Palestinians first," he told the Washington Post. "Which Israel should we recognise?" he mused. "The Israel of 1917; the Israel of 1936; the Israel of 1948; the Israel of 1956; or the Israel of 1967? Which borders and which Israel?
"Israel has to recognise first the Palestinian state and its borders and then we will know what we are talking about."

How right he is.

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