MK Eitan Kaplan (Hadas Parush / Flash90)
Will Palestinians lose support for the Israeli left?
Maayan bin Hamo
Change worrying? Members of the Israeli leftist Knesset expressed their opposition to the peace process with the Palestinians ... "We must be wary of the Oslo dream"
The opposition party, the Labor Party, is fussing over controversial remarks made by a Knesset member from the party. At the end of the week, Labor Knesset member Eitan Cabel published an article in the Haaretz newspaper calling on the party to draw lessons from the vision of peace agreements and support the unilateral annexation of large settlement blocs. "We must draw lessons from the idea of giving up land in return for guaranteeing peace and achieving wishes, and working according to a gradual and independent initiative that guarantees the continuation of Jewish settlement in settlement outposts," Kabul wrote in the article. "We can not wait until the Palestinians begin to work, because Abu Mazen has given up the idea of a two-state solution and wants to prevent the creation of a weak Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel," he said.
"The Labor Party has participated in the elections seven times since the assassination of Rabin, and lost in all of them ... This is the painful truth, we can not force the Israelis to vote for our party, we can not persuade any Israeli, Does not present a view that is in line with reality. " On the other hand, MK Nahman Shai, in an interview with the newspaper "Makor Rishon", said that he would get rid of the "stain left" he suffered. "When I start the election campaign, this stigma will hit us and we'll get rid of it," said Shay.
Members of the Knesset, MK Cabel and Shai, have raised a stir in social networks, especially among the Israeli left. Following the publication, the Young Leadership Authority, responsible for the Labor party, appealed to the party's chairman, MK Avi Gabai, to suspend all activities of the Knesset members. "To our regret, MK Kappel decided in his article published in Ha'aretz to adopt the position of the Jewish Home and the land annexation plan drafted by Bennett, and MK Nahman Shai's comments are part of the right-wing efforts to insult the leftist camp. Labor Party, its values, and its supporters, "wrote the young leadership of the Labor Party.
MK MK Yossi Rosenthal, of the Labor Party, said in response: "Joining right-wing views, as if the views of the left are not legitimate, is a despicable act.
In light of the serious reactions, MK Nahman Shai published a letter of apology. "Dear friends, I apologize for using the word 'stigma.' Their use came in response to a question about this inappropriate expression," chirped tea on Twitter.