“I’m not talking about a name,” Netanyahu said, to explain his insistence the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. “I’m talking about essence,” he said.”When they refuse to say something so simple, the question is why?” Netanyahu said to explain what he meant by essence. “Do you want to flood the state of Israel with refugees so it will no longer be a country with a Jewish majority? Do you want to rip away parts of the Galilee and the Negev?” When Netanyahu demands agreement ahead of time that the talks are intended to bring about, according to him, agreement on the establishment of the “nation-state of the Jewish people” alongside a Palestinian state, he is therefore demanding the Palestinians give up in advance on the right of return of refugees. And the main thing, don’t forget, is “no preconditions.”The controversy around construction in the settlements draws attention away from the bombshell hiding behind Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians first recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people.
Akiva Eldar / Settlement freeze furor is a mask for Netanyahu’s true intentions – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News