"Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state," Netanyahu said. "It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state."
The last six Israeli prime ministers have called for an independent Palestine. But Palestinian leaders have never accepted Israel as a Jewish homeland, demanding a "right of return" for "refugees" who would outnumber Israel's Jews.
"It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say, 'I will accept a Jewish state,' " Netanyahu said. "Those six words will change history."
For his part, Bibi promised yesterday to make "painful compromises" in pursuit of a peace deal, including ceding "parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland."