US secretary of state tells lawmakers in Washington that international law already recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.
John Kerry is an agreement with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud,.
John Kerry is an agreement with
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud,.
Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s insistence on a public declaration of Israel’s Jewish character from the Palestinians “a mistake” in the diplomatic process.
“I think its a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state, and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear,” Kerry told the House Foreign Relations Committee, in a hearing on budget matters.
Yesterday, Kerry told a Senate panel that Israel and the Palestinians had less trust in one another than at any point in over nine months of negotiations.
“‘Jewish state’ was resolved in 1947 in Resolution 181 where there are more than 40– 30 mentions of ‘Jewish state,’” Kerry continued. “In addition, chairman Arafat in 1988 and again in 2004 confirmed that he agreed it would be a Jewish state. And there are any other number of mentions.”
Netanyahu has said that the PLO’s public recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a “minimal requirement for peace,” and considers the issue fundamental to the conflict: Arab refusal to accept a permanent Jewish presence in the region