A leading Christian Zionist says although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's endorsement of a Palestinian state was "just for show," it puts the necessary requirements on such a state.
Prime Minister Netanyahu endorsed a Palestinian state, but has added conditions that are already being rejected by Palestinian leaders. In an address to the Israeli people last night, Netanyahu said the Palestinian state would have to be unarmed and recognize Israel as the Jewish state. With those conditions, he said, he could accept a "demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state."
Jim Hutchens, president of The Jerusalem Connection International, says while it was a concession to pressure from the U.S. and the international community, Netanyahu's conditional endorsement of a Palestinian state was "absolutely necessary." He notes the Palestinians have refused to renounce violence, acknowledge Israel's right to exist, and abide by any past agreements...