Israeli Luminaries Press for a Palestinian State
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times
Posted: April 26th, 2011
Dozens of Israels most honored intellectuals and artists have signed a declaration endorsing a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders and asserting that an end to Israels occupation will liberate the two peoples and open the way to a lasting peace. The signers plan to announce their position on [April 21] from the same spot in Tel Aviv where the Jewish state declared its independence in the spring of 1948. The page-long declaration is expected to be read there by Hanna Maron, one of the countrys best-known actresses and a winner of the Israel Prize, the countrys most prestigious award. The land of Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people where its identity was shaped, the statement begins. The land of Palestine is the birthplace of the Palestinian people where its identity was formed. It goes on to say that now is the time to live up to the commitment expressed by Israels founders in their Declaration of Independence to extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness. Two weeks ago, another group of several dozen prominent Israelis, many of them from the fields of security and business, issued what they called the Israeli Peace Initiative, a more detailed but somewhat similar plan for a two-state solution. Both groups say they are upset by their governments policies in this regard, which they consider insufficient.