Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat center in Israel.
These are Mordechai Kedar reflections interpreted from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to the school on 13th October 2013.
You must recognize Israel as the Jewish state with a right to its country. If you do not recognize it, you will not have peace. This is a legitimate demand — important, honest and truthful — but the Arabs will never agree to it for several reasons.
1. Muslims believe that the religion of Judaism was cancelled out when Christianity arose, and the same happened to Christianity when Islam arrived. And if Judaism is null and void, then how can the Jews come and say that they have a holy land all for themselves?
2. For the Arabs, the Jews are not a nation but a religious community assembled from various ethnicities and countries where Jews have lived for hundreds of years. So if they are not a nation, why do they need Israel?
3. According to the Quran, the land of Israel is an Islamic holy land; therefore. no Muslim authority will recognize a Jewish state in Israel.
4. Jerusalem is the eye of the storm: According to Islam, there cannot be Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem, because such an event would signify that Judaism has risen from the grave after Islam had abolished it.
All these reasons prevent an Islamic recognition of Israel as a Jewish state from ever taking place.