Surprisingly the American media seems shocked at the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calling for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish State, giving it headline status. For example the UPI headline said:
Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Jewish homeland
“For the [peace] process in which we find ourselves to be significant, … for it to have a real chance of success, it is necessary to hear the Palestinian leadership finally say that it recognizes the right of the Jewish people to a state of its own, which is the state of Israel,” Netanyahu told Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Sunday. “I hope that it shall be so, so that we can advance a real solution to the conflict.”
“After generations of incitement we have no confidence that recognition [of Israel] will trickle down to the Palestinian people. Therefore, we need very strong security arrangements, and to go forward without blindness,” the prime minister said.
“The root of the conflict is the deep resistance among a hard core of Palestinians to the right of the Jewish people to its own state in Israel.”