American Ambassador Dan Shapiro urged Palestinians leaders to cease demanding a freeze on West Bank settlements and return to the negotiating table. He opposes any preconditions for talks and just wants both parties talking. “What we have said consistently is that we believfe direct talks are the only way to resolve this conflict.”
As he made this statement:
The Israel government announced construction of 1,100 new homes in Jerusalem that are beyond the Green line.
A group of Knesset leaders urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to “annex West Bank settlements.”
Question: Could the US Ambassador explain why PM Netanyahu insists Palestinians must accept the existence of Israel as a “Jewish state” even though twenty percent of its population is either Muslim or Christian?