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By Sima Kadmon, Senior political commentator, Yediot Ahronot
4.10.13
Excerpts relevant to the Peace Process (Translated by Geneva Initiative staff):
 
…Observing Prime Minister [Netanyahu] this week, precisely during [his] speech which was so lacking historical significance, causes one to think. This is Netanyahu's third term in office. He has served as Prime Minister for longer than any of our Prime Ministers, ever. People say that he has changed. That he is much more level-headed, serious and certainly far more experienced than anyone else in politics today. There is no one today around him who has the same level of capabilities. That is why it is so frustrating to watch the time pass, and instead of him doing what is needed, things that could make a real historic change in Israel's circumstances, nothing is happening.
 
It can't be that someone who is so intelligent cannot see that a real opportunity has been created, which may not occur again, to reach an agreement with the Palestinians. That he doesn't see how much an agreement is in Israel's interest. Indeed, it is clear that an agreement will immeasurably improve Israeli's situation. Israel's status will strengthen. The Iranian threat will become marginal if we have a permanent agreement and agreed borders. Netanyahu has no justification not to reach such an agreement.
 
You don't have a coalition? Change it. There are parties that are lining up in a queue to join the government and make it possible. You fear the right? Most of the public will back you.
 
 
MK Yitzhak Vaknin of Shas at the J Street Conference
 
This week at a conference organized by the Geneva Initiative at the United States Congress in Washington, MK Vaknin from Shas said ‘Any peace agreement that Netanyahu will bring to the Knesset will gain the support of 80-90% of the Knesset. The platform for an agreement is the Geneva Initiative and any attempt to evade this platform only distances us from peace." MK Vaknin noted that although one fifth of the Israeli public, including many of his voters, oppose the peace process, anyone who wants to reach an agreement with the Palestinians needs to understand that a Palestinian State must be created. ‘This is in our interest, and until we sign an agreement with the Palestinians we will not have normal relations in the region’.
 
It seems to me that it is MK Yitzhak Vaknin of Shas who has unexpectedly succeeded in expressing the viewpoint of the Israeli public…