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US Secretary of State John Kerry received an invitation from the Knesset Caucus
for Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict Thursday to meet with the 37 MKs in the
caucus when he comes to Israel next week.
The caucus’s chairman, MK Hilik
Bar (Labor), received confirmation from Kerry’s associates that the letter had
been received and the invitation considered. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s
advisers were also told of the invitation from the caucus, which was formed two
“I am writing to thank you for your efforts to help Israel
reach a two-state solution to the conflict with our Palestinian neighbors,” Bar
wrote Kerry. “I could not agree with you more about the urgency of this moment
with respect to reaching an agreement. We agree with your remarks that you made
at the American Jewish Committee that cynicism has never solved anything and
that there exists no other solution than the twostate solution.
asked the audience there to seize the moment and make the most out of it; we
here in the Knesset aim to do just that.”
Bar said he agreed with Kerry’s
call for the American Jewish community to make its support for the two-state
solution vocal. He said it was important for American Jews to make their voices
heard in Israel.
The Labor Party, which has emphasized socioeconomic
issues since MK Shelly Yacimovich became head of the party, has tried recently
to become more vocal on the diplomatic issue. The party organized a special
Knesset session on the Arab Peace Initiative
Wednesday to which Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu was compelled to come.
Bar urged Kerry to continue his
to bring Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to
the negotiating table.
“Your leadership, Mr. Secretary, is critical to
our success in pursuing peace, and therefore it is ultimately critical to our
survival,” Bar wrote.
“The chances of us realizing an agreement absent
American leadership is slim. We need your help in creating the framework for
reaching a solution, articulating the horizon of what it will look like and
offering bridging proposals when the process gets stuck.
“You were an
incredible friend to Israel throughout your tenure in the US Senate.
your greatest demonstration of friendship comes now as you summon the strength
and resolve to lead us out of this intractable conflict.”