Senior Palestinian Authority officials will be in Knesset on Wednesday to meet with Members of Knesset and ministers from the Lobby to Promote a Solution to the Israeli-Arab Conflict. The meeting will express support for the creation of a PA-led Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
The session was organized by MK Hilik Bar (Labor) along with the OneVoice organization – a group that calls to end the Israel “occupation” of Judea and Samaria – and Machon Hanegev.
The PA officials who will be in Jerusalem were selected by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
MK Bar explained why he arranged the meeting, “The goal of this important and precedent-setting meeting is to prove that there is real support on both sides for renewing negotiations, and to give support to the ‘two states for two peoples’ solution,” he said.
“The meeting will be one of many that we intend to hold between political, civil, and social activists on both sides,” he continued. “It is a signal, a message of support and of unequivocal backing for the negotiators on both sides in the face of all those who are trying to bring about the failure of the negotiations and of the two-state solution.”
MK Bar established the Lobby to Promote a Solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict, which is currently the Knesset’s largest lobby, with more than 40 members from a variety of factions.
This is the second time this month that senior Palestinian Authority Arabs have been invited to the Knesset by left-wing Israeli parliamentarians.
On 8th July, MK Moshe Mizrachi (Labor) hosted two controversial PA figures: Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Center for Palestinian Policy and Research in Ramallah, and PM Minister of Prisoner Affairs Ashraf al-Ajrami.
Shikaki’s brother, Fathi Shikaki, was a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist who was assassinated by the IDF in 1995, while al-Ajrami himself served 12 years in an Israeli prison for terror-related offenses.
Mizrachi, however, said at the time that he did not see their presence in Knesset as a problem.