John Kerry fustrated by Palestinians’ refusal
to recognise ‘Jewish’ Israel
By Robert Tait, The Telegraph, 05 Jan 2014
Netanyahu: “We are not foreigners in Jerusalem, Beit El [a West Bank settlement] or Hebron.”
Demands that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state have become a major stumbling block in John Kerry’s search for a settlement to the Middle East’s most enduring conflict.
As the US secretary of state continued a frantic diplomatic quest on Sunday that some have dubbed “mission impossible”, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said Palestinians’ refusal to formally acknowledge the country’s Jewish character had become the key topic in his discussions with Mr Kerry.