Daily Israel Report

Samaria Rep in Debate with Arab: Take Peace for Peace

The world is used to hearing Israel offer Arabs land in exchange for letting it be. In a recent debate, an Israeli had a new offer to make.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/7/2011, 9:12 PM

Ha'ivri in debate.
Ha'ivri in debate.
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The world is used to hearing apologetic Israeli spokesmen offering "painful concessions" to the Arabs if they only allow the Jewish state to live. A different voice was heard last month, in a debate held in the U.S. between a Jewish representative and an Arab one.

David Ha'ivri, Executive Director of the Shomron Liaison Office, debated Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, on the question "Palestinian State or Jewish Homeland?," on July 20, 2011.

The debate was held at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC. 
 
Ha'ivri received applause from the audience when he said that instead of offering "land for peace," Israel needs to offer the Arabs "peace for peace" (1:14:10). 
 
The full debate can be viewed in the accompanying video.