Abbas: We will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state
Abbas just declared that: " that he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.
Abbas reportedly said that his position is no different from those Arafat present in previous negotiations, and that his staff is the same as Arafat's.
He also hinted that the PA may fall apart if there is no hope for a solution in the near future. He then repeated that the PA will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state."
This has also been reiterated by the FM of Egypt yesterday. His concern was that once they recognise Israel as a Jewish State then all the Arabs are at risk of being thrown out of the country.
It is a sad state of affairs that countries that are not free and Democratic project their own behavior on to the Jewish State and its respect for all of its citizens as full partners in the rights and obligations of all its citizens.
Since it has been tradition in the Islamic countries that anyone, including Jews , have and had no rights as full citizens and as long as they lived in these countries they were relegated to "dimini" status and most often needed to show that on their apparel. We have not progressed very far.