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Under the banner “Netanyahu said ‘no.’ Israelis say, ‘yes,’” leftwing groups
plan to rally for a Palestinian state on Saturday night, June 4, in Kikar Rabin
in Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke in Washington
Tuesday about recognizing a Palestinian state achieved through negotiations, but
he put forward so many pre-conditions that he made such talks impossible, said
Peace Now Executive Director Yariv Oppenheimer.
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“Netanyahu shut the door
in front of [US President Barack] Obama and [Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud] Abbas,” Oppenheimer said.
“The outcome is that we won’t see any
negotiations,” Oppenheimer said.
Instead the Palestinians will continue
to pursue unilateral statehood at the United Nations and in advance of that
process, there will be increased clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in
the West Bank, Oppenheimer warned.
He acknowledged that Netanyahu, in his
statements, had moved further to the left.
“But,” he said, “It is too
little, too late.”
Adam Keller of Gush Shalom also attacked the speech.
“The extremist position that Netanyahu presented, wrapped in rhetoric and
cliches, constitutes a final closing of the door to renewed negotiations and an
embarkation on a course of collision with the Palestinians and the entire world,
towards the inevitable ‘diplomatic tsunami’ predicted by Defense Minister [Ehud]
Barak. In the longer term it may actually turn out that Netanyahu – the very man
who demands of the entire world to recognize the principle of ‘A Jewish State’ –
will be the one who drives the Palestinians to despair of achieving their own
state and into demanding a vote for the Knesset instead,” he said.
Now and Gush Shalom are among a wide coalition of peace groups who are
organizing the rally, along with members of the Meretz, Hadash and Labor
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