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Kibbutz Leader: No More Talk of Destroying Settlements

Left-wing activist says there is “no way” Israelis in Judea and Samaria will move, calls for “creative solutions.”
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/25/2013, 1:48 PM

Demolition of mikveh at Migron
Demolition of mikveh at Migron
Binyamin Residents' Council

The idea of relocating Israelis from Judea and Samaria is no longer relevant, says Kibbutz movement head Yoel Marshak, a left-wing activist.

“I believe the topic of two states for two peoples will come up, but I don’t think there’s any way that hundreds of thousands will be moved from their homes to inside the green line,” he told Arutz Sheva, referring to the 1949 armistice line that split Judea and Samaria from the rest of the country.

“There will be agreements, or an autonomy, that will allow two nations to live side by side,” he determined.

“The struggle today is not to remove settlements, but to find creative solutions,” he concluded.

Marshak also spoke about the recent elections. “It was a success for Yair Lapid, who brought a new, fresh voice… It spoke to people in distress, he gave them an answer,” he said.

Lapid’s success reflects the impact of the cost of living protests last summer and the summer before, he stated.  

Marshak said that he is still a Labor party supporter, but he expressed frustration with party head MK Shelly Yechimovich. “I had differences of opinion with Shelly, I believe she understands her mistakes,” he said. “She didn’t need to declare that she would or wouldn’t enter [a Netanyahu-led coalition].”

In addition, he said, “she was mistaken in not raising the banner of peace, that’s what Rabin died for. She worked hard and with a lot of courage and perseverance, but the Labor party has a message, and vision.”