JStreet adJstreet has an ongoing campaign in support of a two state solution. Strangely, it seems little known in Australia. What is very important is that it has the backing of the cream of the Israeli establishment including many with military and intelligence experience.
While the positions that Jstreet takes are often regarded as too compromising, its general sentiments should be lauded.
“We, the citizens of Israel, call on the public to support the recognition of a democratic Palestinian state as a condition for ending the conflict, and reaching agreed borders on the basis of the 1967 borders. Recognition of such a Palestinian state is vital for Israel’s existence. It is the only way to guarantee the resolution of the conflict by negotiations, to prevent the eruption of another round of massive violence and end the risky isolation of Israel in the world. The successful implementation of the agreements requires two leaderships, Israeli and Palestinian, which recognize each other, choose peace and are fully committed to it. This is the only policy that leaves Israel’s fate and security in its own hands. Any other policy contradicts the promise of Zionism and the welfare of the Jewish people.”
Over two dozen senior security establishment names, including 18 retired generals.
Approximately 40 distinguished prize winners, including 27 Israel prize laureates.
Over 5 former ambassadors, consul generals, and directors of the foreign ministry
Over 5 current or former presidents of universities
On the eve of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, more and more prominent Israelis are calling for recognizing a Palestinian state now and for negotiating with that state to achieve peace and security. They are calling it an “existential Israeli interest.”
On May 18th, they ran unprecedented ads in Israeli papers making their case, signed by 18 generals and 27 winners of the prestigious Israel Prize, among others.
Israeli Ad for Peace Signatories
Larry Abramson | Artist and Prof. of the arts
Maj Gen (Ret.) Avraham Adan (“Bren”) | former Commander of the Armored Corps
Prof. Chaim Adler | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Joseph Agassi
Gila Almagor-Agmon | Israel Prize laureate
Brig Gen (Ret.) Dr. Yitzhak Arad | former Chairman of Yad Vashem
Col (Ret.) As’ad As’ad | former Member of Knesset, Likud
Brig Gen (Ret.) Menachem Aviram | former Commander of Paratroopers Brigade and of the IDF Command and Staff College
Collette Avital | former Consul in New York
Avner Azulai | former senior Mossad official
Prof. Elie Barnavi | former Ambassador to France
Brig Gen (Ret.) Mordechai Bar-On | former Chief Education Officer
Ilan Baruch | former Ambassador to South Africa
Prof. Yehuda Bauer | former Director of the International Center for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem and Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Haim Ben-Shahar | former President of Tel Aviv University, founder of the Israel Democracy Institute
Adv. Michael Ben Yair | former Attorney General
Prof. Menachem Brinker | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Judith Buber Agassi
Prof. Naomi Chazan| former Member of Knesset
Col (Ret.) Ran Cohen | former Minister of Trade and Industry
Maj Gen (Ret) Nehemiah Dagan | former Chief Education Officer
Dr. Yossi Dahan
Yael Dayan | former Member of Knesset
Brig Gen (Ret.) Prof. Eran Dolev
Prof. Yehuda Elkana | former President of the Central European University
Brig Gen (Ret.) Yitzchak Elron
Prof. Yaron Ezrahi | winner of the Political Science Society Award
Yona Fischer | Israel Prize laureate
Ari Folman | Golden Globe laureate
Prof. Yitzhak Galnoor | former Civil Service Commissioner
Prof. Haim Ganz
Maj Gen (Ret.) Shlomo Gazit | former Head of Military Intelligence, Chairman of the Jewish Agency and President of Ben Gurion University
Yair Garbuz | Emet Prize laureate
Moshe Gershuni | Israel Prize laureate
Maj Gen (Ret.) Yosef Geva | former OC Central Command
Prof. Galia Golan
Prof. Amiram Goldblum
Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund | former President of the Hebrew University
Adv. Shlomo Gur | former foreign serviceman and Director General of the Justice Ministry
Prof. David Harel | Israel Prize and Emet laureate
Dr. Shmuel Harlap | Chairman of Colmobil Limited
Yoram Kaniuk | Sapir Prize laureate
Dani Karavan | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Elihu Katz | Israel Prize laureate
Col (Ret.) Paul Kedar | former Consul in New York
Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny | Israel Prize laureate
Maj Gen (Ret.) Amos Lapidot | former Commander of Israeli Air Force
Alex Levac | Israel Prize laureate
Dr. Alon Liel | former Director General of Foreign Ministry
Brig Gen (Ret.) Asher Levy
Maj Gen (Ret) Zeev Livneh | established the Home Front Command
Ram Loevy | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Avishai Margalit | Israel and Emet Prize laureate
Hanna Maron | Israel Prize laureate
Maj Gen (Ret.) Menachem Meron (Mendy) | former Commander of Military Colleges
Sami Michael | Emet Prize laureate
Ohad Naharin | Israel and Emet Prize laureate
Nachik Navot | former Deputy Head of Mossad
Prof. Jad Ne’eman | Israel Prize laureate
Amoz Oz | Israel Prize laureate
Brig Gen (Ret.) Ilan Paz
Prof. Dov Pekelman
Maj Gen (Ret.) Dr. Elad Peled | former Commander of National
Security College and Director General of the Ministry of Education
Prof. Itamar Procaccia | Israel Prize laureate
Sefi Rachlevsky | author and expert on Jewish theology
Prof. Eliezer Rafaeli | first President of Haifa University
Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli | Dean of the School of Management, Haifa University
Brig Gen (Ret.) Giora Ram | former Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force
Prof. Gabi Salomon | Israel Prize laureate
Adv. Talia Sasson | former senior State Advocacy official
Dr. Aliza Savir | Deputy Director of Peres Center for Peace
Prof. Hillel Schocken
Prof. Alice Shalvi | Israel Prize laureate
Maj Gen (Ret.) Nathan Sharoni | President of Council of Peace and Security
Prof. Aliza Shenhar | President of Yezreel Valley College
Prof. David Shulman | Emet Prize laureate
Joshua Sobol | Theater Award laureate
Prof. Zeev Sternhell | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Carlo Strenger
Prof. Zeev Tadmor | former President of Technion, Emet Prize laureate
David Tartakover | Israel Prize laureate
Dan Tsur | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Zeev Tzahor | President of Sapir College
Micha Ullman | Israel Prize laureate
Lia van Leer | Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Menahem Yaari | Israel Prize laureate, President (Emeritus) of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Maj Gen (Ret.) Aviezer Yaari | former Commander of MilitaryColleges
Dalia Yairi
Prof. Yossi Yonah
Prof. Yirmiyahu Yovel | Israel Prize laureate