Forty years after the 1967 War and 60 years after the 1948 War,
Israel still lacks Palestinian recognition and Arab legitimacy.
Though a substantial change took place within the Palestinian
national movement and in the positions of most of the Arab
countries towards reconciliation and political compromise with
Israel, no similar change is envisaged on the Israeli official
policy level. The Palestinians abandoned their goal to regain all
of Palestine and destroy Israel, and opted for the two-state
solution: a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel. This
change was adopted by the Palestinian National Council (the
Parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO]) in its
session in Algiers in November 1988. Since then and up to 2002, the
traditional position of the Arab countries has been that the Arabs
would accept and support whatever the Palestinians accept.
After the failure of the Camp David talks in 2000 and the outbreak
of the second intifada the Arab coun
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