I've just read an interesting article by a Sydney lawyer, David Singer, who suggests that Israel should change its name. Here's part of what he wrote:
'Israel needs to introduce a circuit breaker – one that places the ball firmly in the Arab court. The Arabs can then decide whether to negotiate with the Jews or not on the final allocation of sovereignty in the West Bank and the acceptance of each other‘s right to exist.
Such a result can be swiftly and effectively achieved by Israel renaming itself officially as “The Democratic Jewish Republic of Israel” – or some other suitable name.
This would in one fell swoop create the appropriate description of the Jewish State and actually represent its innate character in the eyes of the world and its own citizens.
Ironically Israel’s bitterest Arab enemies and some of its Arab treaty partners have no problems in so describing the unique character of their own States in their official titles.
Some examples of those countries and their official names are:
■Libya - “The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”
■Jordan – “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”
■Syria – “The Syrian Arab Republic”
■Egypt – “The Arab Republic of Egypt”
■Iran – “The Islamic Republic of Iran”
■Emirates – “The United Arab Emirates”'
(Not a bad idea, huh?)