Israel and Palestine

In the wake of Abbas's speech at the UN, I was delighted to receive a statement in support of Palestinian independence signed by prominent Israelis.
The Land of Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people where its identity was formed.
The Land of Palestine is the birthplace of the Palestinian people where its identity was shaped.
We, the citizens of Israel, call on the public to support the recognition of a democratic Palestinian state as a condition for ending the conflict, and reaching agreed borders on the basis of the 1967 borders. Recognition of such a Palestinian state is vital for Israel's existence. It is the only way to guarantee the resolution of the conflict by negotiations, to prevent the eruption of another round of massive violence and end the risky isolation of Israel in the world.
My thanks to David Harel, one of the signatories, for passing this on. Harel is a prominent computer scientist, winner of many awards including the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award, the ACM Software System Award, the Emet Prize, and the Israel Prize.

Palestine expects everyone to recognize it. But is Palestine ready to recognize Israel?
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