When Israel, in perpetual hunt for a pretext to justify its rejectionism, insists that Palestinians recognise its ‘right to exist as a Jewish state’ before it will end the occupation, the US adopts the demand as a core issue for resolving the conflict.[*]

When Israel tries a similar trick with negotiations the US actually cares about, the response is rather different:

[T]his is an agreement that is only about the nuclear issue. We have purposefully kept that separate from every other issue. That issue is complicated enough to deal with on its own.

The State Department spokesperson might have added that Iran recognises Israel every year, when it votes with virtually the entire international community in favour of the two-state solution:

20. Reaffirms its commitment, in accordance with international law, to the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognised borders, based on the pre-1967 borders;

21. Stresses the need for:

(a) The withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem;
(b) The realisation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, primarily the right to self-determination and the right to their independent State;

22. Also stresses the need for a just resolution of the problem of Palestine refugees in conformity with its resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948;


[*] Cf. Ilan Goldberg, ‘Lessons from the 2013-2014 Israeli-Palestinian Final Status Negotiations‘ (March 2015), p. 13.

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