Ex-Israeli ministers, MKs, academics to British MPs: Support Palestinian statehood

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On criticizes Israeli Labor party for opposing the motion: ‘Labor is conducting itself like another foreign office for Netanyahu’s government.’

Hundreds of Israeli public figures, academics, former ministers and Israel Prize laureates (the state’s official civil decoration) signed a public letter calling British MPs to support Palestinians statehood in a symbolic motion set to face a vote in the UK’s parliament on Monday.

Among those who added their names to the letter are Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Daniel Kahneman, former Meretz ministers Ran Cohen and Yossi Sarid, four former MKs (including Naomi Chazan, the former head of the New Israel Fund), six winners of the Israeli Prize and the former attorney-general Michael Ben Yair.

The letter reads:

We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the State of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we the undersigned urge members of the UK parliament to vote in favour of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th of October, 2014, calling on the British Government to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.

The motion caused a controversy within the British Labour party, with two dozen MPs demanding to add an amendment conditioning the recognition of Palestine on the conclusion of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (thus stripping the motion of its meaning). The chairman of the Israeli Labor party, MK Hilik Bar, also called on the British MPs to oppose the motion. Bar was criticized by members of the dovish Meretz party.

“One cannot say that Netanyahu won’t promote a diplomatic initiative, but then, when the world tries to lead a UN motion, help Netanyahu torpedo it. Labor is conducting itself like another foreign office for Netanyahu’s government,” said Meretz party leader Zehava Gal-On.

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20 responses to “On the Gaza fence, a call for stability — not vengeance”

  1. Lewis from Afula says:

    Stability will only be achieved when the Gazans are mass expelled to Egypt.
    Its the only solution, we have NOT yet tried.

    • Bruce Gould says:

      Here’s one solution that hasn’t been tried:

      “Consider the proposal of Uri Elitzur, a founder of the Jewish fundamentalist movement Gush Emunim…In 2009…Elitzur proposed a detailed article insisting that the ‘taboo’ on discussion of the only real solution to the problem – annexation, with full citizenship for Arab inhabitants – had to be broken. Looking 30 years ahead, Elitzur argued that the only alternative would be two states, which would mean endless bloodshed or a continuation of the status quo that – as a permanent arrangement – would be apartheid…He saw these [formulas proposed by the right] as doomed attempts to camouflage the reality of masses of people living under Israeli rule but without Israeli citizenship. What would happen to such an apartheid state, he wrote, ‘is what happened to South Africa’. ”

      – page 147, “Paradigm Lost: From Two State Solution To One State Reality”, Ian Lustick

      • Ben says:

        A proposal that an unreconstructed Hardali-Kookist like ‘Itshak Gordine’ would do well to consider. The marginal neo-Kookism of someone like Itshak is in my view cold racist hyper-nationalism dressed up as something spiritual and higher. Elitzur of Gush Emunim here offers him a way out of this trap.

      • Lewis from Afula says:

        Bruce – that was tried during the British Mandate period.
        It FAILED back then too !

    • duh says:

      On the contrary, you’ve tried that solution again and again. It’s why there’s a conflict in the first place.

  2. Joel says:

    “It is easy for Israelis to forget that a targeted assassination is in fact an extrajudicial killing”.

    If this was a criminal matter, the above might be true. This is a military matter. A war. I have yet to hear of a country that brings enemy soldiers to a trial before shooting at them.

    • Carmen says:

      @Joel – The Palestinians have no army. The people routinely killed by the PAB (IOF) routinely are civilians. War crimes. Crimes against humanity. But really, you already know all that.

      • Lewis from Afula says:

        The fakestinyans don’t have a
        army
        state
        currency
        capital
        king
        royal palace
        music
        history
        archeological record
        anything

        That is because they never existed and never will !

      • Itshak Gordine says:

        Hamas and Islamic Jihad are terrorist organizations that have powerful weapons from Iran that they use against the Israeli population. The Jihad commander who was neutralized was behind numerous attacks against Israeli civilians. And he was preparing others.

        • Ben says:

          Itshak Gordine you LOVE Islamic Jihad. They, and the pseudo-withdrawal from Gaza Israel crafted, are the distraction, the disguise that let’s you claim victimhood while you rape the Palestinians to the East in the West Bank. (Ariel Sharon and his henchman Dore Gold said this same thing in so many words, as you know; Gold using the word “formaldehyde” about the peace process.) Islamic Jihad and your grievance and victimhood tax you collect from them is like the Little Red Riding Hood costume you wear while you go after Grandma in her house in the occupied territories and have your way with her. (Remember how that story ends, however, for the Wolf.)

          Itshak, you really oughtta look at Gush Emunim’s Uri Elitzur’s advice on this page (posted by Bruce). It is the face-saving, sane way out of your obdurate Hardali neo-Kookist dilemma, a defunct, neo-fascist recidivist trap of your own making.

          • Itshak Gordine says:

            Still your delusions and blah blah , Ben? Islamic Jihad is a danger to our people. They sent missiles at the name of Allah on our civilians and we had to call them to order.

          • Ben says:

            I see Itshak has absolutely no argument, gives a strikingly impoverished and evasive reply, and is afraid to even touch the issues I raise. This is telling.

          • Itshak Gordine says:

            You write nonsense and when you are proven that you are wrong, as usual, you claim that we have no argument. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are organizations recognized as terrorists by a majority of free states. These criminal organizations advocate the destruction of Israel and threaten its population with missiles. So Hamas and Islamic Jihad must be fought without mercy until they give up terrorism.

          • Ben says:

            I see, again, that Itshak has absolutely no argument, again gives a strikingly impoverished and evasive reply, and is afraid to even touch the issues I raise. This, again, is telling.

      • joel says:

        It’s an asymmetric war, but a war nonetheless. The “extrajudicial killing” referred to in the article is that of Baha Abu al-Ata, who was the leader of a militant movement that shot missiles at Israel. Not exactly a “civilian”.