Kerry: Stop Talking About Israel Being a Jewish State Already


This Monday, Kerry spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed that The Point was incorrect to suggest that she was being dismissive of the necessity for the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, but at the Senate, her boss once again seemed dismissive of the topic.

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon that it is a “mistake” for people to raise the issue of whether Palestinians would agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

“Jewish state” was resolved in 1947 in Resolution 181, where there are more than forty–thirty–mentions of “Jewish state.” In addition, Chairman Arafat in 1988, and again in 2004, confirmed that he agreed it would be a Jewish state. And there are any other number of mentions. But those are sort of the most important acknowledgments thereof. I think it’s a mistake for some people to be, you know, raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude towards the possibility of a state and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear. That’s a conversation that will continue.”

Translating that from Diplomatese to English, Israel being a Jewish State is currently the official position of the United States, but it shouldn’t be an issue in the negotiations and “some people” should stop demanding that Abbas actually acknowledge Israel as a Jewish State or keep asking Kerry about it.

Joel Pollak at Breitbart quotes Kerry talking about Israel as a Jewish State, but interestingly Kerry talks about it in the abstract instead of mentioning Abbas recognizing Israel as a Jewish State.

This is significant because of some of the reports about how Kerry is handling the topic

According to Israeli security analyst Shlomo Brom, Kerry’s “agreed formula” for renewing talks – which has still not been made public – included the following:

Israel does not agree to base the negotiations on the 1967 lines with an agreed territorial swap, but the United States will make a commitment to the Palestinians that it has adopted this principle.

Similarly, while the Palestinians have not agreed to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, the United States will make a commitment to Israel that it has adopted this principle – which balances the previous commitment to the Palestinians.

Kerry’s statements stick to this formula. He recognizes Israel as a Jewish State, but doesn’t really expect Abbas to do so.

Now I personally think that it’s an empty issue. PLO commitments have never meant anything anyway. A recognition today can and will be withdrawn next week. And the more Netanyahu hammers away at this, the more likely Israel is to end up trading something for nothing.

  • nopeacenow

    Arafat withdrew the recognition of Israel as the Jewish state as soon as he said he accepted it. What is said in English is never repeated to the masses in Arabic.

  • Habbgun

    The issue is not whether Israel is recognized as a Jewish state but as a sovereign state. America has continually denied it is ultimately sovereign and never transferred the embassy to Jerusalem. This is the inevitable outcome to this hedge. The answer is simple Israel. Pulls out of the United Nations but tells Kerry to refer his complaints to that august body. It also refuses to recognize the PLO as a negotiating party because it violated its agreements over autonomy and Hamas is now recognized by the Arabs as a terrorist organization.

    Israel has to realize it has to tell the USA no. The USA is an Obama nation and won’t honor agreements, has an inflated currency and won’t help itself mend its economy or seek solutions for energy self-sufficiency. When Israel simply said no the first time Obama disappeared. The real reason Israel negotiates seems to be that the leadership is paid off and finds opportunities for serious graft.

  • truebearing

    The solution to this situation is simple. Israel should mirror everything Abbas says. When Abbas says they won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, Netanyahu follows with a denial of the right of a Palestinian state.

    Those who give in to intransigency, even a little, are on the incremental path to defeat.


      truebearing AKBAR!

  • Judahlevi

    Frankly, this is not going to get anyone anywhere.

    I am tired of the “two state” idea to begin with. We don’t need another terrorist state in the Middle East, the so-called Palestinians are just Arabs without a distinct culture, language, or religion and don’t need their own state, and this group of people have proven over and over again they are Jew-haters. Why reward this group of Arabs?

    They can keep Gaza, Israel takes Judea and Samaria, and we are done. If they don’t like Gaza, they can move to Jordan or Egypt. End of story.


      There already is a two-state solution.

      It’s called Israel and Jordan.

    • 1Billiam

      either way in 15 yrs the Haredi and arabs israelis will be the majority and all the retiring founding jews will have moved back home to berlin and elsewhere.
      Demographics will solve it all soon enough.

  • Larry Larkin

    It’s funny how people get all frothed up about Israel being a Jewish state, but never twitch at the Hashemite Arab Kingdom of Jordan, or the Arab Republic of Egypt, or the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    I wonder why that is?


      Or the Islamic Republic of Pakishtan.

      Or Saudi Arabia and it’s Muslims Only Apartheid city of Mecca.