Seems like a reasonable demand by the Palestinians – why the reluctance from Israel and big brother U.S.? From AFP:
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinians on Wednesday called on the US administration and Israel to define borders in response to Israel’s demand for recognition as the Jewish state.
“We officially demand that the US administration and the Israeli government provide a map of the borders of the state of Israel which they want us to recognise,” senior Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo told AFP.
His remarks came after the US State Department asked the Palestinians to extend a counter-proposal to Israel’s call for recognition as a “Jewish state” in exchange for a possible extension of restrictions on settlement building.
The Palestinians rejected the offer, saying recognition of Israel’s Jewish identity had no relation to the peace process. They instead demanded that the US administration set the 1967 lines as the starting point for negotiations about final borders.
“We want to know whether this (Israeli) state includes our lands and houses in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,” Abed Rabbo said, referring to Palestinian lands occupied during the 1967 Six Day War.
“If this map is based on the 1967 borders and provides for the end of the Israeli occupation over all Palestinian lands… then we recognise Israel by whatever name it applies to itself in accordance with international law,” he said, without elaborating.
“We are awaiting a response from Tel Aviv and Washington,” he added…
[continues at AFP]
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