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Knesset votes down the two-state solution

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An Israeli news report from when the “Two-State Solution Bill” was introduced. Press CC for English captions.

When, oh when, will the Palestinians find a partner for peace? From the Jerusalem Post article “Knesset rejects ‘Two-State Solution Bill’“:

The Knesset voted down the so-called “Two-State Solution Bill” prohibiting the government from unilaterally annexing land, in a preliminary vote Wednesday.

The bill, proposed by MK Hilik Bar (Labor) would have only allowed land in the West Bank or Gaza to be annexed as part of a peace treaty leading to two states.

“You are reaching a moment of truth, in which you have to look in the mirror of history and realize that we need to separate from the Palestinians,” opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) said to the coalition. “If you don’t take this opportunity now, history will judge you, because we will become an isolated, binational state.”

Herzog called for coalition MKs to “overcome narrow political interests and don’t make promises you know you can’t keep.”

“If you don’t face the historic challenge, we will replace you and do it ourselves,” he added.

Despite Herzog’s warnings, the bill was voted down with 44 opposed, including MKs from Hatnua and Yesh Atid, and 25 in favor.

The bill was introduced last July and backed by the One Voice movement which said at the time, “months of hard work by OneVoice at the grassroots and political-elite levels have paved the way for a bold move in the Knesset.” The described the stakes as such:

if adopted by a majority of the Knesset, for the first time in Israel’s history enshrine into law that it is the state’s policy to pursue a two-state solution, representing the true will of Israelis toward peace with their Palestinian neighbors.

Passage of the law would also signal to the international community that Israel is committed to a two-state solution, at a time when such an outcome is coming under threat.

The international community should be getting the message loud and clear. Israel refuses to stop taking Palestinian land and expects to get what it wants in negotiations as well.

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  1. OlegR on January 8, 2014, 11:51 am

    This is moronic.
    An opposition PM proposed a bill that would have been subversive to the current negotiations (remember where you try to get the most and to give less)
    from Israeli perspective and had it shot down by the coalition.
    This does not mean anything the regarding the two state solution which is still a consensus.
    It has everything with what would be the borders of those future 2 states.

    • Semiotic Observer on January 8, 2014, 12:18 pm

      I agree that it is moronic, but for very different reasons.

      You assume, or would like us to believe, that these are normal negotiations “where you try to get the most and to give less”. They are not. They are a charade.

      But if they were normal negotiations as you suggest, then how does unilateral annexation fit into them? Is that a normal part of normal negotiations? I take what I want and then we negotiate?

    • justicewillprevail on January 8, 2014, 5:08 pm

      I take it you meant that your comment is moronic. Subversive to the current negotiations? you are having a laugh. It would of course have given some credibility to the negotiations, and no doubt was the reason it was defeated.

    • Hostage on January 8, 2014, 8:24 pm

      This does not mean anything the regarding the two state solution

      Sure it does. It means the majority of the MKs want to leave the option open to unilaterally annex territory. The Prime Minister can’t make foreign policy if he doesn’t have a governing coalition. Bennett said his party won’t stay in the government if Kerry’s two-state framework proposal is put to a vote. So, this means there won’t be one, if the Knesset has any say in the matter.

      • OlegR on January 9, 2014, 4:21 am

        Having your options open is part of a negotiation strategy
        surely you understand that.
        If there weren’t any options there would be nothing to negotiate about would there ?

  2. amigo on January 8, 2014, 11:58 am

    Earth to Kerry.

    Pack up and go home.You are doing more harm than good.

    Abbas, book a plane ticket to the Hague.Bring a few legal experts with you and file charges against Israel,s War Criminals.

    Lets see some real justice for a change as Israel,s leaders are made wanted criminals.

    • Sumud on January 8, 2014, 10:44 pm

      Pack up and go home.You are doing more harm than good.

      I’m not sure about that.

      I think they’ll probably keep going with the charade until it is consensus in the American jewish community that the two-state solution is dead – at which point the US can start advocating a single state with equal rights for all and say publicly to the lobby “sorry, but look: we tried, and we tried, and we tried – we gave you everything you asked for” which of course really means F U.

      Just politicking.

  3. Semiotic Observer on January 8, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Another sad chapter in Masada 2.0

  4. traintosiberia on January 8, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Nothing surprises anymore. Israel ,from its very inception has used words in the most twisted fashion ,created lies to cover existing lies,to cover past lies,and to cover future lies. The defense always depends on the claims that the rest are simply antisemite. One is antisemite if one does not believe Israel when it claims that it has no partner in peace , if one does not believe that Israel was attacked by Arabs in 1947,48,67,82,96,2006. It is antisemite if one does not believe Iran has military nuclear programme . The list keeps on adding more lies that the Gentiles supposed to embrace as received wisdom.
    How many bills have been introduced against Iran for not supporting Oslo? How many times ,Oslo been invoked to slam Iran and other countries in ME?

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