Will you ever recognize Israel as a Jewish state? Thank youIt is the Jewish State that called itself Israel, not the UN.
Asked by Jon P, from Buffalo, U.S.A.
Saeb Erekat: That's so amazing of Israel. The birth certificate of Israel as embodied in the UN is called the State of Israel so I'm asked to recognize the State of Israel. I'm a Palestinian, Muslim, Christian, I don't think about converting to Judaism or joining the Zionist organization.
I'm not going to call the shots for you. I'm not going to stop you from circumcising your boys, I'm not going to stop you from going to synagogues. You can call yourself whatever you want.
If you want to call yourself the biblical, united, eternal, holy, milk and honey land of Jewish Israel, submit your name to the UN. Your name is the State of Israel. It's unbelievable to ask Palestinians.
I would argue that the "birth certificate" of Israel from the UN's perspective is United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, which called for a partition of Palestine into two states.
That resolution uses the term "Jewish state," by my count, 30 times.
(h/t Mustafa, who points out that Erekat avoids answering whether the PA would accept a land swap.)