Lapid: Israel’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state is rubbish


Finance Minister’s comments, made in August 2013, surface days before US Secretary of State John Kerry expected to make visit to Israel to push peace negotiations.             Finanace Minister Yair Lapid

Finanace Minister Yair Lapid  Photo: Reuters

An op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday by Roger Cohen, titled « My Jewish State » has shed light on comments Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid made during a sit down with the columnist in August 2013. During their chat last summer,  Lapid reiterated his lack of interest in Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Lapid reportedly told Cohen “the fact that we demand from Palestinians a declaration that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, I just think this is rubbish. I don’t need that. The whole point of Israel was we came here saying we don’t need anyone else to recognize us anymore because we can recognize ourselves. We are liberated.”

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Lapid-Israels-demand-that-Palestinians-recognize-Israel-as-Jewish-state-is-rubbish-336770

Lapid: Israel’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state is rubbish

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