Kerry: Israel insistence on Jewish state declaration a ‘mistake’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized Israel’s insistence that the Palestinians publicly declare Israel to be a Jewish state.

Kerry said Thursday that recognition had already been made in U.N. resolutions and by the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat and it is a mistake for Israel to keep insisting on it as the two sides work towards a two-state peace agreement.
“ ‘Jewish state’ was resolved in 1947 in (U.N.) Resolution 181 where there are more than 40– 30 mentions of ‘Jewish state,’” Kerry testified at a Congressional hearing.

“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,” he added.

“I think it’s a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear,” Kerry said in a session of testimony on the State Department budget…

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