Labor will not let an opportunity for a peace treaty pass, opposition leader
Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) said in a meeting with Palestinian officials on
“Even though Labor refused to be part of Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s government, we will not let any chance for a diplomatic
agreement leading to two states for two nations pass us by without our party
leading and being a partner in it,” she said.
Yacimovich and former Labor
MK and minister Ghaleb Majadele met with head of the Palestinian Committee for
Interaction with Israeli Society Muhammad Madani, Prisoners Affairs Minister
Ashraf Ajarmi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s diplomatic
adviser Nimar Hamad at the home of Labor member Milham Milham in Arara, in the
Wadi Ara region.
According to Yacimovich, Labor’s choice to lead the
opposition and not be a “fig leaf” in the Netanyahu government, while serving as
a “safety net” if peace talks progress, is “a significant political point of
influence, and a counterweight to pressure by right-wing MKs in the Likud and
Bayit Yehudi on the prime minister to not move one millimeter forward in
Hamad said that “the small territory that both the Jewish
and Palestinian people share has room for two states.”
also warned that if an agreement is not reached now, there will be one,
bi-national state within 20 years, a situation that neither side
Ajarmi said he hopes to teach Palestinians that mistakes of the
past are not destined to be repeated and that two states is the only solution.
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