Opposition tells PM to seize ‘diplomatic opportunity’ with moderate Arab states

Horowitz: Netanyahu is putting politics before chance to make peace.

September 4, 2014 04:47
2 minute read.
Zahava Gal-On



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


Israel’s shared interests with the “moderate axis” in the Middle East is a historic chance for diplomatic progress, the Knesset Caucus for Regional Cooperation stated Wednesday.

The caucus, led by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), hosted a conference at Tel Aviv University with two think tanks, Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, and Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policy, attended by MKs from Meretz and Labor.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Horowitz referred to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statements that there is a new “diplomatic horizon” following Operation Protective Edge as a mirage.

“Netanyahu knows very well that there is a unique opportunity for major diplomatic action in the Middle East together with all the moderate factors, but he does not want it and does everything to sabotage it so he can survive politically.

He is sacrificing a broad national interest on the altar of narrow political considerations,” Horowitz said.

The Meretz MK called for Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative and join “moderate forces” instead of maintaining the status quo, which he said will lead Israel to another round of violence in the West Bank and Gaza.

“It’s only a matter of time,” Horowitz warned.


MK Omer Bar-Lev (Labor) said “there is a question as to whether our opportunity now is for a general agreement or just one about Gaza with [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas.

“As for Gaza, there is a consensus in Israel. There is no argument about borders.

There is a strategic opportunity here to demilitarize [Gaza] in exchange for a seaport and airport. With that, we can continue with all the regional treaties that are now open to us.”

Meretz leader Zehava Gal- On said that Israel is not a partner for peace with the Palestinians.

“Netanyahu is trying to manage the conflict but the conflict is managing him,” she said. “The public deserves to know what the agreement between Netanyahu and Hamas says, so it can know what to expect in the future.”

Mitvim chairman Nimrod Goren said that there are new opportunities for Israel, but in order to take them, Israel must change its foreign policy and put peace and regional cooperation first.

Goren suggested that Israel change its stance toward the Hamas-Fatah unity government, agree to negotiate with it, and accept incentives offered by the Arab League and European Union for making peace.

“Without progress in the peace process, Israel’s status in the world will continue to grow weaker,” he said.

Molad Managing Director Mikhael Manekin said that Operation Protective Edge was a strategic failure that showed Netanyahu’s strategy of conflict- management is not viable.

“The Left must find an alternative strategy that will address the hopes and fears of the Israeli public,” Manekin said.

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

September 23, 2018
Sukkot and the Four Species Market