Public Conference for Russian-speaking Israelis

On May 28, Geneva Initiative hosted a large public conference for Russian-speaking Israelis.
The event took place at the Eretz Israel museum, and drew over 200 members of the Russian-speaking public. MK Nino Abesadze addressed the group, as did Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua, who called on participants to bring their families from the diaspora to strengthen the Jewish majority in Israel instead of fighting the Palestinians. He also spoke of the settlement problem and the necessity of a two-state solution in order to maintain Jewish identity.
News of the conference was published in the media:


Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua said in a Geneva Initiative convention on Saturday that it was a shame US President Barack Obama didn't require Israel to dismantle the settlements before transferring US aid. Yehoshua claimed that the settlements were "the root of the problem."
He told 250 olim from the former Soviet Union, "Instead of fighting the Palestinians, bring your families from Russia to secure a Jewish majority in Israel."


From the Channel 7 site:


Speaking at the Geneva Initiative meeting, Yehoshua said that “the settlements are the root of the problem. We cannot continue to hold onto the settlements for decades to come, to deny people their homeland and citizenship.

Among the members of the audience was a large contingent who had immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union countries. Turning to them, Yehoshua said that “we brought you and your families from Russia to ensure the Jewish majority in Israel, not to fight the Palestinians.”
Providing a different point of view, MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), who also participated in the event, said that he, Kadima, and the Geneva Initiative all agreed on the need for the “two-state solution.”


From the Walla site:

In a speech in Tel Aviv, author AB Yehoshua said: "the '67 borders is the only solution... We can not hold people for decades without citizenship in their homeland...I see now how what I said to my friends after the Six Day War is going to come true." At a conference held today (Saturday) by the Geneva Initiative at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv., Yehoshua said that "settlements are the root of the problem..."


Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua at a Geneva Initiative conference in Tel Aviv (28/5/2011)