Alright, then. What were the negotiations to be about again? “Erekat: We won’t accept Jewish Israel,” from the Jerusalem Post:
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday rejected Israel’s demand that the Palestinians acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state.
You’ll want to read this next part sitting down.
“There is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined,” Erekat told Radio Palestine.
Just ask all those secular republics in the Islamic world.
Additionally, Erekat said, when agreements are signed, the Palestinians would demand that Israel make a commitment in writing to releasing all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
A senior official in the Prime Minister’s Office said in response that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert insists that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s Jewish identity, as a condition for Israeli recognition of a Palestinian state.