Opposition chairperson and Labor Party chief Shelly Yacimovich urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday to enter into peace negotiations with the Palestinians while vowing to extend political backing to these efforts should the premier encounter difficulties from his right-wing allies in his coalition.

In a press release, Yacimovich said the European Union decision to deny funding to Israeli business, academic, and cultural projects based in Jewish settlements in the West Bank was “a painful reminder” of the need to abandon Israel’s “passivity” as it relates to its attitude towards peace.

“The EU document is a painful reminder of the strategic, economic, and security dangers inherent in a diplomatic stalemate,” Yacimovich said. “It would be an abdication of responsibility and a demonstration of a lack of leadership to continue with this passivity and to respond to events instead of initiating them.”

Yacimovich said an immediate resumption of peace talks “is not an American, European, or Palestinian interest, but an Israeli, Zionist interest, which is to continue to realize the vision of a Jewish, democratic state.”

The Labor leader pledged her party’s support for Netanyahu’s peace efforts in the event that the premier’s coalition partners threaten to leave the government.

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