Yaniv Sagee, ‚Opinion‘, Ha’aretz, Feb 27, 2017
The only way to create an alternative to push back against 50 years of occupation and mounting inequalities is for the Zionist and Palestinian-Arab left to form a real partnership.
In four months, we will mark 50 years of Israel’s occupation of ‚the territories.‘ Fifty years, during which the State of Israel has changed from top to bottom.
From being a welfare state fulfilling the founding vision – both of a national homeland for the Jewish people and of an egalitarian state for the benefit of all its citizens – Israel has transformed into one of the worst of Western states in terms of social gaps. A state that discriminates against its Arab citizens and is incapable of connecting with world Jewry.
From a “pursuer of peace,” we have become a state that “manages the conflict” through wars and operations where we kill and are killed, because we have become convinced that “there is no partner” for peace. Our actions are directed by the vision of the Prime Minister who told us last year, “We shall forever live by the sword.”
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Yaniv Sagee is the Executive Director of Givat Haviva. A member of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, he was previously a teacher, school principal, director of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and chairman of the National Council for Youth Movements in Israel.