20 questions 58.
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Do you think the Zionist dream is still viable? In your eyes, is a two-state solution the only one? In light of the incitement and hate-filled indoctrination fed to Palestinian youth, how do you see peace ever becoming a reality? Will Peace Now ever run for elections?
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This week, 20 Questions hosts Yariv Oppenheimer, director general of Peace Now, an NGO aimed at promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
When asked how Peace Now
responds to its critics who claim that the NGO operates under the false
pretense that unilateral concessions on Israel's part will provide
peace, Oppenheimer asserted that since the source of the hate is the
occupation, we will never have peace until that is solved. He believes
that the current generation of Palestinians will give up hating once
Israel decides to either give them citizenship will full rights to
vote, or give them their own state.
Oppenheimer strongly disagreed with Foreign Minister
Lieberman's views that peace will only be possible once a hate-free
generation of Arabs has gone by. He claims that as long as Jewish
settlers with all their rights are living in such close proximity to
Palestinians under occupation, the hatred will continue for the next
few generations. Oppenheimer further posits that the peace must come
from an agreement and not the other way around.
Oppenheimer's own analysis is that in the near future there will
be a Palestinian uprising similar to those in other parts of the
region, and when that happens, the concessions that Israel is not
making now will be imposed anyway.
disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that a unity
government is not possible, claiming that a coalition between Fatah and
Hamas is in Israel's interests since Israel would then have a viable
Palestinian address for negotiations. However, this should be on the
condition that no one other than the governments themselves have
weapons. He added that from Israel's perspective it should be
acceptable that parts of the proposed coalition don't recognize
Israel's right to exist, just as in factions of the Israeli government
don't recognize the Palestinians' right to their own state.
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