Palestinian recognition of Israel, a Jewish state – Why?

Why do Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, and other Zionist leaders insist that “without Palestinian recognition that Israel is the state of the Jewish people, there will not be peace”?  They have declared themselves as such.  They enjoy the support of most European nations, United States of America, Canada, Australia, and many other countries in the world that have no problem whatsoever in describing the state of Israel as such.  Many Arab countries – with leaders suffering from near-sighted vision – would have no problem going along with that concept.  Almost every country with significant military, economic, or diplomatic power and influence either fully agrees with the description of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people or has no real problem with it.  So, why does the Israeli leadership insist on demanding that recognition from the powerless, penniless Palestinian leadership?

Here are some thoughts in that regard:

Some say that the likes of Netanyahu and Lieberman enjoy humiliating Palestinians.  Insisting on that demand gives the Israeli leadership the opportunity to further add the insult of surrender to the 62-year old injury of the open wound of the Palestinian people.  Gaining such recognition or not is of little relevance.  Continuing to insult the Palestinian people and to humiliate its leadership is what matters to those Israeli leaders; for that is their aphrodisiac.

Some say that the Israeli leadership does not see peace to be in the best interest of their Zionist experiment in Palestine, for peace would bring the Zionist expansionist project to an end.  Therefore, in order to eliminate any chance for peace, Israeli leaders demand that which they know would be impossible for any Palestinian leader to accept, even if he/she were sympathetic to it.  No Palestinian leader would dare even to ask the question, let alone make the decision to grant such recognition.  Therefore, the Zionist leaders would use Palestinian rejection of Israel as the state of the Jewish people to not have peace, blame it on the Palestinians, and continue with their expansionist Zionist project with the strongest military in the Middle East backed by the unconditional support of the United States of America.

Some say that the Zionist leaders wish to extract a final Palestinian declaration of surrender and acceptance of defeat, thereby declaring total victory for the Zionist project.  In spite of the Palestinians’ loss of their country, the ethnic cleansing that never stopped since 1948, the inhumane impoverished conditions under which millions of Palestinians have been living for more than sixty-two years, and the international acquiescence to covering up the Zionist crimes in Palestine, the Palestinian people never accepted defeat and continued their resistance against the Zionist project that sought their annihilation as a people.  A Palestinian recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people would give the Zionists their much-needed satisfaction – which they never enjoyed – of a total undisputed victory.

Some say that such Palestinian recognition eliminates the Palestine refugees’ Right of Return that is enshrined in international law, and specified in UN General Assembly Resolution 194 of December 11, 1948.  Paragraph 11 of resolution 194 states that the UN General Assembly “Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”).  A Palestinian recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people would render implementing this long-overdue resolution 194 to be in conflict and inconsistent with such recognition, for none of the Palestine refugees is Jewish.

Some say that the Zionist demand of Palestinian recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people would have as much impact on the future as it would on the past.  In addition to accepting that the Zionists were victorious, such a Palestinian recognition would offer a prior tacit approval for any future act that the “Jewish” state would do to protect its “Jewish character” in the future; including further ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Israeli citizens every time their numbers threaten the solid Jewish majority that would be necessary to maintain that “Jewish character” of the state.  Since virtually all Muslim and Christian Israeli citizens are Palestinians, a Palestinian recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people would do away with – or significantly weaken – all citizenship rights those Palestinian-Israelis had, have, or will have in the future.  Such recognition would deal a significant blow to Palestinians’ struggle for equal citizenship rights in their own country, and prepare the grounds for their ethnic cleansing sooner or later.

In addition to all of the above, there is one more explanation for why Zionist leaders demand Palestinian recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people.  Zionist leaders know that their state is not legitimate.  They know that they built their state over the fresh ruins of Palestinian society.  They know that their state of Israel was born in sin; ethnic cleansing, murder, terror, deliberate mass killing of civilians, land robbery, etc.  They further know that they are at the height of their power; they enjoy the unconditional military, political, economic, and diplomatic support of the only superpower on the planet Earth.  They also know that the Palestinian leadership is at its lowest point in its history, desperate, powerless, unpopular among its own people, penniless, totally dependent on the Israeli most powerful ally, and incapable of counter balancing the power of the state of Israel; locally, regionally, or internationally.  Taking all of these facts into consideration, Netanyahu and Lieberman and people around them smell blood.  They see in this current Palestinian leadership their best chance to get the most valuable prize of them all; legitimacy.  By extracting such recognition from the Palestinian leadership, the Zionist leaders believe that they would be gaining Palestinian recognition of the legitimacy of the Zionist project, legitimacy of all past Zionist actions, legitimacy for all future Zionist actions against the Palestinian people anywhere, and legitimacy for all future Zionist actions targeting any form of Palestinian resistance or struggle for equality against the exclusionary nature of the Zionist experiment in Palestine.

In demanding that Palestinians recognize the state of Israel to be the state of the Jewish people, the Zionist leadership is seeking from its victims to legitimize its crimes against them.  In this demand, the rapist is seeking from its rape victim to testify in the Court of history that the act of rape was legitimate.  However, regardless of the balance of power, regardless of blockades, regardless of ethnic cleansing, regardless of the volume of suffering, regardless of apartheid, regardless of destruction, regardless of ugly racism, regardless of hourly discrimination, regardless of unspeakable crimes, regardless of any threat, regardless of any fantasy Zionists might harbour, regardless of the divided Palestinian house, and even if Palestinians face total annihilation from the face of the Earth, the Zionist-sought Palestinian recognition to legitimize the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people will never happen.  Under certain circumstances, Palestinians would have the capacity to forgive the Zionist crimes; but to give them legitimacy… Naaaayyyy!

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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12 Responses to Palestinian recognition of Israel, a Jewish state – Why?

  1. One secular, democratic state for all…

  2. Whether Arabs recognize Israel or not, Jews have a historical right to a homeland based in Palestine that goes back 3,000 years. Find out why by scoping Jerusalem free with the Historyscoper at

    • Alcanaanite says:

      You seem to confuse Arabs with Palestinians. You seem to confuse Jews with Israel. You seem to confuse homeland with state. You seem to confuse rights with exclusive rights. You seem to confuse “based in Palestine” with “controlling all of Palestine”. You would be better advised to focus on the subject matter of discussion, and not refute it by addressing something else that might be remotely related.

  3. Yusuf PF says:

    Enough is Enough!
    Just Dismantle apartheid Israel,
    before it implodes due to it’s radicalised sub-factions,
    it clearly can’t be saved from itself!

    Bring on One State with Equal Rights for ALL citizens instead.

    With the simple non-negotiable caveat,
    of course,
    for the inalienable Right of Return,
    for all displaced Palestinians in diaspora.
    {as per UN General Assembly Resolution 194 of December 11, 1948. Para 11}

    Meanwhile, Zionists,
    as post-colonial, genocidal, supremacist Occupiers,
    have an over-riding Duty to EXIT Palestine,
    but a _Perfect Right_ to go Exist in their own homeland … Khazaria,
    or wherever the Hell else they came from.

    Realistically, settlers must retreat over the Green Line for starters.
    Perhaps all non-war criminal israelis would get a Palestinian passport too, whilst the rest would be tried by a national tribunal like saddam was or like the Truth & Reconciliation Tribunals in post-apartheid S. Africa.

    • Alcanaanite says:

      It would be much better to peacefully transform the current mess in Palestine into a one bi-national, democratic state for all Israeli-Jews and all Palestinians alike. I like your idea of establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, similar to what happened in South Africa. That would be a mechanism of healing for both Palestinians and Israeli-Jews. Palestinians do not seek revenge; we seek equal humanity for all. Forgiveness with reconciliation built on the foundation of truth offer a promise for a better future for all.

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  5. Yusuf PF says:

    @ Historyscoper,

    Kindly bring some credible source to back up your contentions – spewing hasbara simply undermines credibility:

    “If it is proper to ‘reconstitute’ a Jewish state which has not existed for two thousand years, why not go back another thousand years and reconstitute the Canaanite state? The Canaanites, unlike the Jews, are still there.” ~ H.G. Wells, quoted in ‘Palestine Dilemma: Arab Rights Versus Zionist Aspirations’, by Frank C. Sakran, Public Affairs Press, 1948, p. 204.

    ‎”Israelis seem to be haunted by a curse.
    It is the curse of the original sin against the native Arabs.

    How can Israel be discussed without recalling the dispossession and exclusion of non-Jews?

    This is the most basic fact about Israel, and no understanding of Israeli reality is possible without it.

    The original sin haunts and torments Israelis; it marks everything and taints everybody. Its memory poisons the blood and marks every moment of existence.”
    ~ Israeli author, Benjamin Beit-Hallahami, “Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel.”


    The CORE issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are the COLLECTIVE DISPOSSESSION and ETHNIC CLEANSING of the Palestinian people for the past six decades.

  6. Ismail Zayid says:

    As well-explained, by Monzer Zimmo, the Israeli demand of recognition, by the Palestinians, of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, is for the full implementation of the Zionist programme by completing the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their native land.

    Sadly, the “near-sightedness of the Arab leaders” that Monzer refers to, has been longstanding and appears to be long-lasting!!!

  7. Yvone Owston says:

    Fantastic blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the information are well written. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day!

    • Alcanaanite says:

      Thank you!
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