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.