II. Seeking Peace Bulletin
Former Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin also addressed the crowd, saying "The main thing that killed the peace process happened here seven years ago when Yitzhak Rabin was killed. I promise Yitzhak Rabin that we will finish the job." (Ma’ariv, 5/12/02)
59% of respondents believe they would support an American sponsored peace proposal that includes a withdrawal to 1967 borders, a compromise on Jerusalem and a Palestinian concession on the right of return. When asked if they would support a U.S. led international force for the Palestinian territories, 56% of Israelis said yes.
The Dahaf Institute conducted the poll for the Peace Coalition, an umbrella group of several Israeli peace organizations. 504 Israelis were questioned; the margin of error was 4.5%. (Ha’aretz, 05/02/02)
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"Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Likud Party's Central Committee last Sunday and asked its members to affirm that a Palestinian state would never be established west of the Jordan River. He declared that it was not his intention to undermine Prime Minister Sharon, but he was fully aware that if the resolution passed — and it did — the result would be not only to humiliate Sharon and advance Netanyahu's own candidacy for party leadership, but also to cause significant damage to Israel's diplomatic standing. At a critical moment in Israel's history, with its citizenry reeling from continuous terrorism, Netanyahu chose opportunism over leadership and personal ambition over the well-being of the Jewish state."
"But not only Sharon has paid a price; Israel has as well. Although the decision does not change the position of Israel's government, Likud is the prime minister's party and the resolution has raised legitimate questions about the government's intentions. The Palestinian Authority has already made use of it to score propaganda points. More important, it has embarrassed the Bush administration, which is firmly committed to a two-state solution. Indeed, except for the Christian Right, all of Israel's American friends see a Palestinian state as essential to an eventual peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Netanyahu, who knows the United States well, is well aware that his resolution has the potential to distance Israel from its most important ally."
For a copy of the complete article, click on the following link: http://www.forward.com/issues/2002/02.05.17/oped3.html.
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