Monday, December 7, 2015

PM points to Palestinian denial of Jewish state as root of conflict

WASHINGTON — Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state, and not settlement building, is the root cause of the conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told attendees at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum for Middle East Policy during a video address Sunday.

In a brief speech that excoriated the Palestinian leadership for perpetuating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu said that this refusal to recognize Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state is the “reason that peace hasn’t happened yet.”