I know this isn’t the most popular thing to ask in America or at this moment but I think it needs to be addressed.
Part of the stipulation in any peace proposal is the recognition by Palestine and/or the Arab States to recognize the right of Israel to exist. (This was again included in the new Saudi proposal). This actually seems to be the sticking point because the Arabs believe that the Jews basically stole the land from the Arabs who were living in Palestine at the time to build their new state. Therefore, one could argue, the Arabs reject the State of Israel but not neccessarily the Nation of Israel of which nearly half live in the United States.
Also, there are many national bodies, some larger, and just as galvanized as the Jews that are stateless. The Kurds. The Copts. I am a Copt, the descendants of the original Egyptians, who, as a body, rally around one religion (Orthodox Christianity), have a rich archeological history (You know, the Pyramids, the Sphynx, King Tut), and, also, a history of persecution (primarily at the hands of the Muslims). Does the Coptic nation deserve a state as well–we’re peaceful, honestly–and what about the Kurds, the Armenians, etc.?
So to return to my question: Why does the State of Israel have the right to exist?