Left slams ´hallucinatory´ West Bank annexation plan (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 02.23.12, 22:39)
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Peace Now, Labor MK and Geneva Initiative all say former Yesha
Council director´s plan to impose full Israeli sovereignty over 62%
of West Bank will lead to binational state. ´It only makes occupation
more comfortable,´ leftist says
Israel´s Left called a new initiative meant to conquer the prolonged
stalemate plaguing the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process "hallucinatory" and warned that if adopted it may lead to a
Former Yesha Council Director Naftali Bennett´s plan suggests
imposing full Israeli sovereignty over Area C in the West Bank, which
constitutes 62% of the territory, unilaterally.
Area C is currently under full Israeli security control.
"Bennett´s plan is a failed attempt to cut corners and make the
occupation more comfortable," Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer
said Thursday. "The initiative is detached from reality; it belongs
in the science fiction section of the library."
Oppenheimer added: "To the settlers´ regret, there is no alternative
to the two-state solution."
Bennett´s plan also calls on Israel to naturalize some 50,000
Palestinians from the annexed territory.
The Peace Now director said the plan advances a solution that
would "turn Israel into a binational state and bring an end to the
Zionist vision. Such a precedent would also cause the rest of the
West Bank´s Palestinians to demand citizenship.
"Bennett´s initiative is immoral and undemocratic. It will only
aggravate Israel´s situation with regards to the Palestinian issue,"
according to Oppenheimer.
"Israel must choose between the option of becoming a binational state
and the option of separating from the Palestinians on the basis of
the two-state paradigm. Bennett´s solution, which includes the
unilateral annexation of settlements, would deepen the crisis between
Israel and the international community and may bury the chance to
separate from the Palestinians."
Knesset Member Eitan Cabel (Labor) said, "It appears that people
within the Yesha Council have lost touch with reality and are
drafting plans that are based on the coming of the messiah. This plan
was drafted by people who seek a binational state and not the
continued existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."
The Geneva Initiative called Bennett´s plan "hallucinatory" and said
it was drawn up by "those who are leading Israel towards a binational
state." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/23/12)
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