Haaretz is reporting that Benjamin Netanyahu said that all of the arguing over the Israel’s stance on settlements is impeding progress on peace talks. And, while I cannot be sure about that, I do think Netanyahu is right when he says:
“If we are asked to recognize a Palestinian state as the nation-state of the Palestinian people, then the very least is that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people,”
What value is there in Israel, which many if not most “Palestinians” view as illegitimate anyway, supporting a Palestinian state. The problem-causing factors are unwilling even to recognize the other, so why bother seeking recognition from the other?
I will give Netanyahu this: he is willing to say what a lot of people think but are unwilling to say.