Government of Israel polls NO re “two-state solution"

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

Walla, an Israeli left-leaning news site, is, according to Alexa, one of the top websites in Israel. It ranks 8th, after

Google.co.il, Google.com, Youtube, Facebook, Ynet, Wikipedia, and Panet (an Arab-language website).

On 26 June 2016 Walla polled the members of the Government of Israel to determine whether the ministers support what is known as the “two state solution”.

For the benefit of the English speaking public, here are the results:

In the last few days we approached the ministers of the Government [of Israel] with a simple question: Do you support the two-state solution, that will lead to establishment of a Palestinian state aside Israel? We intentionally refrained from addressing the precise details – the size of the Palestinian state, its character and the conditions for its establishment... We wanted to first understand whether there is a majority, in the current government headed by Netanyahu, for the basic principle....

"Many of the ministers in the Government refused to answer our question....Three senior Likud ministers – Gilad Erdan, Yisrael Katz and Yuval Steinitz – chose to maintain ambivalence and not respond to our question. This was also the answer selected by the two Shas ministers, Aryeh Deri and David Azulay....(Avigdor)

"Liberman’s po‎sition on this topic is known... he said just three weeks ago, at the Prime Minister’s side, when he was sworn in as defense minister, that he supports the two-state sotluion, as he has done many times in the past, adding the demand to include in any solution a swap of land and populations.

"In Netanyahu’s present government there are a total of 4 ministers which have ever expressed that po‎sition sometime during the past years – and even they are not firm supporters. Aside from Liberman is Finance Minister Cachlon who does not specifically say that he favors the two-state solution, however  has said lately that he favors renewing the peace process and that “in the end there will be two states here”; Minister Yoav Galant, who refused to answer our question but in the past said he favors this solution and evacuating isolated settlements, and the newly appointed minister, Zachi haNegbi.

"The largest group in the government is of ministers who oppose (establishment of) a Palestinian state.  Of the Likud ministers, those who agreed to tell us clearly that they oppose the official line of PM Netanyahu on this topic were ministers Zeev Elkin, Ofir Akunis, Gila Gamliel, Yariv Levin, Haim Katz and Miri Regev.  Minister Akunis responded to the question that “establishing a Palestinian state will put millions of Israelis in clear and present danger. We have already seen that pullbacks bring war” and added that “no people gives away its homeland”. Akunis represents the general spirit of the Likud well, and this is also the spirit of most of the Knesset members of the ruling party. The Likud ministers are joined by the three National Home ministers – Naftali Bennet, Ayelet Shaked and Uri Ariel – who also, of course, opposed Palestinian state.

"To summarize, then, the balance of power in the government is between 4 ministers which support, to some extent, or did in the past, establishment of a Palestinian state, vs. 9 ministers which vehemently oppose this, plus another 7 ministers whose po‎sition is not known and refused to answer our question.”

At this time, the Democratic and Republican platforms are being finalized, in the United States.

And given that most Israeli ministers oppose Palestinian state, Reform Judaism’s obstinate insistence on a coercive two-state solution is offensive and incomprehensible. Read about it here: http://www.rac.org/rabbi-pesners-statement-party-platform-draft-progress 

Luckily for Israel, not all American Jewish activists agree with the Reform rabbis. Some brave American Jewish  activists are swimming against the tide deliberately set into motion by American Jewish machers -- and are urging platforms which do not coerce Israel into the two-state solution:

http://forward.com/news/344652/republicans-prepare-to-drop-mention-of-palestine-from-platform/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/11/politics/republican-platform-trade-gay-marriage-abortion/index.html

This is a huge development.  I asked one of these activists – Jeff Ballabon, chairman of the Iron Dome Alliance (www.IronDomeAlliance.com) -  for comment. Ballabon sounded very concerned. He said:

"American Jewish groups that claim they are supporting the Israeli po‎sition when they insist on the so-called "Two-State Solution" are using smoke and mirrors to pressure Israel to accept the Democrats' agenda. Like most Israelis, most Americans do not believe a "Palestinian" state would bring anything other than more terror and bloodshed and misery to all sides. If you want to truly support Israel, stop trying to twist Israel's arm. State -- without reservations -- that America trusts and will support our ally Israel in whatever approach Israel decides to take to achieve safety, security and peace."