Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim calls for formal recognition of Palestine

An 'equitable' solution is the only way to achieve security for Israel, he argues in newspaper column


Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has called for the formal recognition of Palestine as an independent country.

An “equitable” two-state solution is the only way for justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel, the Argentine-born Israeli wrote in a column for the German weekly Die Zeit.

“You cannot expect a compromise between two peoples who do not recognise each other,” Mr Barenboim wrote. 

“For a two-state solution, we need two states, and they are not there right now.

“Recognise Palestine as a state, as you have recognized Israel as a state.” 

Mr Barenboim, 75,  is a longstanding critic of the occupation of the West Bank. 

He jointly established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brought together Israeli and Arab young musicians in Seville, with Edward Said in 1999.

Worldwide recognition of a Palestinian state has drawn renewed attention since President Donald Trump announced that the United States now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. 

The move, a significant concession to Israelis, was criticised because no similar move was made for the Palestinians.

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