Yachimovich to Netanyahu: “Move Ahead”
On day two of J Street’s national conference, Israeli opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich sent a simple message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Move ahead” to make peace with the Palestinians. The Labor party leader addressed Netanyahu directly on the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.
“It won’t be easy – but for the sake of Israel’s future, move ahead,” Yachimovich said. “We will support you, the people of Israel will support you and the world will support Israel.”
Stating that she felt inspired by the conference, Yachimovich also addressed her program of creating a more just society in Israel, where income inequality was among the highest of all developed economies. She said poverty and social gaps created ignorance and racism both among Israelis and Palestinians.
“Making peace is in our strategic interest, our economic interest and our moral interest,” she concluded.
Knesset Roundtable Shows Depth of Two-State Support
Five Knesset members from five parties and one inescapable conclusion – Israel needs a two-state peace agreement with the Palestinians and it needs it now.
Moderated by Israel Channel 2’s Udi Segal, MKs Tzachi Hanegbi of Likud, Meir Sheetrit of HaT’nuah, Ruth Calderon of Yesh Atid, Yitzhak Vaknin of Shas and Merav Michaeli of Labor held a unique round table discussion on day two of the J Street National Conference. Read more ↗
Cohen Finds Partners for Peace on Both Sides
In a rousing afternoon plenary, columnist Roger Cohen interviewed new voices for peace in Israeli and Palestinian civil society. While some of the panelists expressed skepticism that their own leaders were serious in their intentions to reach a peace deal, they were unanimous in their belief that the two-state solution remains necessary and possible.
Labor MK Stav Shaffir, who helped to organize the 2011 protests for social justice, said that if hundreds of thousands of Israelis could assemble in the streets for that issue, then the younger generation could also help to push for peace. “We want this to end in an agreement, a real agreement, for the long term,” she said. “It’s the role of our generation to do that.”
Director of Policy and Communications for Molad Mikhael Manekin urged the audience to become more involved in the push for two states. “A precondition for hope,” he said, “is an understanding that you can lead the way, not just follow the other side. Read more ↗
What to Look Forward to Today...
1:00 MK Zehava Gal-On
7:30 Gala Dinner with keynote speaker Envoy for Negotiations Martin Indyk
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