Some Israeli friends have sent me an open letter requesting British MPs to vote in favour of today’s Motion in the House of Commons urging the British Government to recognize the Palestinian State side by side with the State of Israel.
The letter says this –
“We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we the undersigned urge members of the UK parliament to vote in favour of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014 calling on the British Government to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel”
Within a few hours it was signed by more than 350 significant Israelis including –
Former MK’s: Uri Avneri, Yael Dayan, Yossi Sarid, Naomi Chazan, Ran Cohen, Mossi Raz
Former Ministers: Yossi Sarid (Education), Ran Cohen (Industry and trade)
Former Govt. Officials: Alon Liel (CEO of Foreign Office and Ambassador to S. Africa and to Turkey), Ilan Baruch (Ambassador to S. Africa and Zimbabwe)
Israel Prize: Yehoshua Kolodny, Yoram Bilu, Shimon Sandbank, Yona Rosenfeld, David Harel, Alex levac
Nobel Prize: Danny Kahneman
Former Attorney General: Michael Benyair
Artists/Playwrights: Joshua Sobol (“Ghetto”), Motti Lerner, Sinai Peter, Avraham Oz , Ofira Henig (Theatre), Uri Segal (Conductor and Musical Director)
Military: Emanuel Shaked (former head of infantry and paratroopers), Dan Hadani (Brigadier)
It is clear that many loyal Israeli citizens now believe that immediate recognition of the Palestinian State may be the only way to save the Two-State Solution. These are dangerous times for everyone in the Middle East, including the people of Israel as well as Palestine. Such times require radical moves if we are not to see a dissolution into catastrophic horror. This move shows not only the depth of concern in Israel, but also a positive, non-military way in which UK Parliamentarians and the British Government can make a real contribution to rescuing the situation.
One of the key organizers of the initiative is Professor Amiram Goldblum, who may be contacted at Tel: +972-544-653292 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org