Mitzna: Israel is losing its peace partners

Mitzna: Israel is losing its peace partners

By Maya Bengal, Ma'ariv

18.6.2011
Via Ma'ariv (Translated by GI Staff)

The Labor candidate said at a meeting of the Geneva Initiative that the text of an agreement with the Palestinians already exists, but "Israel is engaged dialogue with itself."
 
"Over the years we have been holding a dialogue with ourselves and every passing year the contract we will ultimately have to sign with the Palestinians becomes more complex," said Amram Mitzna, Labor candidate at aGeneva Initiative seminar held in Akko for 20 mayors from around the country.
 
"The text of the future agreement has been on the table for a long time in one form or another, such as the Geneva Initiative model, and yet we have not reached an agreement," said Mitzna, who warned that as time passes, Israel loses its main partner, the United States.
 
Mitzna reiterated his position and explained that Israeli interests should be clear separation from the Palestinians. "It also means [separation from] part of the territories. I think there is a confluence of interests that could lead to an agreement."
 
He said the final settlement will be based on the '67 borders, with large Israeli settlement blocs and areas substitutions scale of 4-6 percent, a demilitarized Palestinian state, Israeli military force to settle for a short period along the Jordan Valley.
 
Regarding Jerusalem, in his view, the Arab neighborhoods should be under Palestinian sovereignty with a special regime in the Holy Basin, and in all cases without right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel. "Based on these lines we have the ability to reach agreements that will receive international support and the support of the Arab League."