Thousands attend pro-peace "Two States- One Hope" rally in Rabin Square

The demonstration held Saturday night included a recorded speech by Abu Mazen, a speech by MK Zehava Gal-on and a performance by singer Achinoam Nini. MK Tamar Zandberg: "There is a moderate majority, not an extremist one, who wants peace, and the government is the one representing a radical minority."
MK Tamar Zandberg: "There is a moderate majority, not an extremist one, who wants peace" Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Under the heading "Two States- One Hope", a left-wing demonstration took place on Saturay night in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. The protesters chanted and held signs reading: "Yes to hope- no to fear," "yes to two states- no to one bi-national state" and "yes to a better future for Israel- no to annexation and continued control over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank."

Among the organizations that participated in the demonstration were Peace Now, the Labor Party, the Meretz Party, the Geneva Initiative, the Young Labor Party, Meretz Youth, Mehazkim, the New Israel Fund and Zazim. MK Tamar Zandberg of Meretz told Channel 2 News: "This is the 50th anniversary of the occupation and this is the first government since '93 that is not conducting negotiations. There is a moderate majority, not an extremist one, who wants peace, and the government is the one representing a radical minority. After 50 years it's time to change direction."

"Two States- One Hope" Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Yair Caldor, one of the protesters, said: "We think that it is possible to reach a peace agreement and the problem is the current government.  It does not look like there is any intention to reach an agreement, rather the opposite- to create something irreversible, and ultimately we will have to live together with the Palestinians."

In the invitation to the event sent via social media platforms, the organizers wrote: "We will march the streets en masse to protest the lack of hope that the right-wing government offers us, the occupation, the violence and racism. We won't let the extremist and power hungry coalition continue doing what they want, spreading hatred and inciting against minorities, against journalists and the judiciary system, and against whoever dares to criticize the government's policy."

Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen, who sent a pre-recorded message to be broadcast at the rally, said that "the only way to end the conflict and the struggle against terrorism in the region and in the entire world is a two-state solution based on the June 1967 borders, Palestine alongside Israel." He continued: "We accepted the UN's resolution and we recognized Israel and we agreed to a two-state solution and the world recognized the State of Palestine. Now is the time for the State of Israel to recognize our state and end the occupation."



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