"The Balfour Declaration for the
not be made between friends, but between
who have struggled and suffered. Our sense of Jewish history and
moral imperatives of this moment require us to insist
the time is urgent for mutual recognition between Israel and
must be a stop to the sterile debate whereby the Arab
the existence of Israel and Jews challenge the political legitimacy
of the Palestinian fight for independence.
issue is not whether the Palestinians are entitled to their
but how to bring this about while ensuring Israel's
security and regional stability.
no longer sufficient, for they too
often are used to confuse rather than to
clarify. Needed now is the
determination to reach a political accommodation between Israeli and
in Lebanon must stop. Israel must lift its siege of Beirut in
to facilitate negotiations with the PLO, leading to a
settlement. Mutual recognition must be
And there should be negotiations with the aim of achieving
co-existence between the Israeli and Palestinian
peoples based on self-determination.
FRONT PAGE on 4 July 1982 with Arafat's Reply
front-page reporting of the story