Audio: MUST LISTEN - Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely Debates Labor MK Hilik Bar

A serious debate between Likud's Tzipi Hotovely and Labor's Hilik Bar.
9/29/2013, 3:56 PM

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An illuminating debate between Minister Tzipi Hotovely of Likud and Secretary General of the Labor Party and Deputy Speaker of Knesset Yechiel "Hilik" Bar

This is a very clear and comprehensive description and explanation of the two positions.

Four previous efforts failed because territory is not the issue says Hotovely – Times and attitudes have changed says Bar.

No land give-away says Hotovelly  - Two million Arabs cannot be absorbed says Bar.

Economic advantages in Israel for Arabs will keep the peace says Hotovely – Hate and mistrust is too deeply seated to be overcome says Bar

These are just some of the well reasoned differences of opinion that will inform your understanding of the Palestinian Arab - Israeli conflict that dates back not to 1967 or even the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, but to the British Mandate times.

Now it’s up to you the listeners to make up your mind on what is best for a lasting peace and ask yourselves if in light of previous attempts the Palestinian Arabs would be satisfied with a demilitarized State in Judea and Samaria in which the security of the skies is controlled by Israel and where the high ground in the East overlooking the Jordan valley remains in Israel’s hands – or if Israel’s future is better secured by remaining one State between the Mediterranean Sea and the river Jordan with as Hotovely argues, giving the Palestinian Arab population full citizenship rights.

There are of course other alternatives , among them one Israeli State as per Hotovely‘s view, but with localized Palestinian administrative areas – or just keep the status quo, hoping that the Palestinian Authority will eventually realize the futility of their aspirations to replace the Jewish State.

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Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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