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.
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.”