Right to exist

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The "right to exist" issue for Israel is a sticking point in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some Arabs want to destroy Israel completely; that is, they don't want a Jewish State in Palestine or anywhere else. Others want to negotiate the size and position of Israel, and are using the issue as a bargaining chip, sometimes arguing that recognition of Israel's right to exist would put them at a disadvantage in negotiations. Israel has alternately framed the issue as a precondition for negotiation or brushed it aside in return for Arab concessions.