Zionist Union debates diplomatic plan
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 1, 2015 05:33
The Zionist Union faction will convene in a special session Tuesday evening to discuss whether it should adopt a new diplomatic plan following clashes among its MKs.
The faction has a clear diplomatic plan that was written by MK Nachman Shai and unveiled at a March 8 press conference by Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni and widely distributed in Hebrew and English.
The plan says their first choice would be to renew bilateral negotiations with the Palestinians but that regional international approaches would be attempted if the Palestinians are not interested in bilateral talks. Unilateral approaches were ruled out.
Since then, however, Labor MK Hilik Bar devised his own plan, announced it with Herzog by his side, and sold it around the world. He had hoped the Zionist Union as a whole would adopt his plan.
MK Amir Peretz unveiled a plan that calls for annexing five percent of the West Bank and giving the Palestinians the remaining 95%, as well as 1% of the land that was part of Israel between 1948 and 1967.