Left-wing crowd boos Likud minister Levin as he tells peace camp: 'You have failed'

Minister Yariv Levin gets booed by crowd at Ha'aretz peace conference as he slams land for peace paradigm and refutes charge that Israel is an occupier.

November 12, 2015 13:48
3 minute read.
Yariv Levin



Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, known as one of the more hard-line ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, was booed and heckled as he gave an antagonistic speech to a left-leaning audience at a peace conference held by Israeli daily Ha'aretz on Thursday.
"You have failed," Levin told the crowd. "You are refusing to accept reality...you are afraid of the real problems," he said, in comments directed at the peace camp.
Levin spoke against the two-state solution, suggesting that Israel has no partner for peace, as the crowd of approximately 500 people booed him. 
"Let's look at the myth, territory for peace? Those who truly believe in peace, won't agree to this," he said. "A solution for the territorial conflict must be peace for peace as a mutual basis for any agreement, anything else is a lie," he said.
Levin also took aim at the view that Israel is an occupying power in the West Bank.
"Another myth, occupation, a nation can't be an occupier on its own land, the Land of Israel is the land of the people of Israel," he said defiantly to more boos.
Levin said that the path to peace was "from outside in," meaning Israel should first reach out to moderate Muslim nations who share common interests with Israel, rather than try to bilaterally negotiate with the Palestinians.
He said Israel should build bridges with the Gulf states and African states, where there are joint economic interests and encourage Muslim tourism in Israel and Israeli tourism in Muslim states.
"If we build ties with the larger Muslim world, think of how that would influence the peace process," Levin urged the crowd, who booed him as he finished his speech and walked off the stage.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

THE CAST of the Reshet series 'Nevsu.
November 20, 2018
Israeli TV show 'Nevsu' wins International Emmy Award