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Minister Eitan (Likud) and the Geneva Initiative

Likud Minister Michael Eitan, who recently took part in a Geneva Initiative activity, heard the message voiced by us and our Palestinian counterparts and sent a letter to thousands of Likud party members over the weekend. 

20.08.2010

Likud Minister Michael Eitan, who recently took part in a Geneva Initiative activity, heard the message voiced by us and our Palestinian counterparts and sent a letter to thousands of Likud party members over the weekend. 

In it the minister presents a comprehensive peace plan which includes among other things a settlement construction freeze in areas outside large settlement blocks, the dismantling of illegal outposts and the preparation of a government plan to evacuate settlers from their houses. 

Among Minister Eitan’s statements are also the following, as stated in an article by Nahum Barneah in the news and political supplements of the weekend edition of Israel’s largest daily (Yediot Ahronot, August 20th, 2010):

“The entire Likud Party crossed the lines; it only refuses to admit to this in words. It is true that I have had a dramatic change of opinion, but I did so together with the Likud. My ideology is the Likud’s ideology, even if I am preceding others. I feel that I am expressing in words what a great many of Likudniks think. The policy today aims at establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Let’s do this in the best possible way. We don’t seriously intend to build (in the territories) and Israelis are not ecstatic to live there. For 43 years we have been settling Judea and Samaria, there was empty land and massive subsidies and still Israelis voted with their legs. Perhaps there is a historical irony here. Perhaps what we failed to understand, the Israeli people understood”.