The international agreement demands that the countries recognise each other’s existence, but not their respective ‘identities.’ Israel’s demand for an a priori recognition as a Jewish state is recent in the context of Israeli-Palestinian negotiation – Israel signed treaties with both Egypt and Jordan without demanding such recognition. From the point of view of the Palestinians, the demand that they recognise Israel as a Jewish state returns to the disagreement at the heart of the conflict; such a recognition will be agreed to at the very end of negotiations, and an a priori recognition would block the entire process. A two state solution implies that the Palestinians recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist within secure borders, within which Israel will continue to define itself as the majority of its citizens wish.

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