INTERVIEW: Israel has to take the first step

“Israel has to take the first step”

A revived road-map? A photo-opportunity? Or a real possibility for peace? “The key is in Israeli hands. Israel is the occupier and Israel has to take the first step”. Gideon Levy, left-wing Israeli journalist of Haaretz, former spokesman for Shimon Peres (1978 -1982), and, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, “a thorn in Israel’s side”, does not beat around the bush when talking about the recent Annapolis peace conference. Not overly optimistic on its likely outcomes, although conceding that it offers a glimmer of hope, Levy urges both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take a leap forward by abandoning brinkmanship and approaching peace with courage. [complete article]

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