So the Daily Beast is shaming Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas already for his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
This is a new demand on Israel’s part that was not any part of earlier negotiations over a two-state solution, and that is rejected by the 20 percent of Israelis who are not Jewish. (Imagine if the US treaty with Mexico establishing a border in 1848 had included the demand that Mexico recognize us as a white country.)
And if Abbas is stubborn, what does that make Netanyahu, who has said that East Jerusalem is Jewish land?
One of the great dangers of the crumbling of the peace process is that the Palestinians will be blamed for the failure of the two-state solution. They were blamed when the two sides supposedly came so close at Camp David in 2000; Bill Clinton said that it was Arafat’s stiffnecked stance in the face of Israeli Prime Minister Barak’s generous offer that caused the talks to fail. The Daily Beast is setting Abbas up for the same spoiler’s role.