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Peace Now Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The Starting point for a permanent settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is mutual recognition of the right of both peoples to full national life in the area between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. In order to promote peace and reconciliation between the two peoples, Israel should adopt the following principles:

  • The Palestinian people have the right to self-determination, including the right to establish its own state alongside the State of Israel.
  • The Green Line will constitute the guiding line for the determination of the permanent borders between the State of Israel and the Palestinian State…”

“Peace Now Positions,” Peace Now website, July 8, 2003

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Description:

“Peace Now is the largest extra-parliamentary movement in Israel, the country’s oldest peace movement and the only peace group to have a broad public base.

The movement was founded in 1978 during the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks. At a moment when these talks appeared to be collapsing, a group of 348 reserve officers and soldiers from Israeli army combat units published an open letter to the Prime Minister of Israel calling upon the government to make sure this opportunity for peace was not lost. Tens of thousands of Israelis sent in support for the letter, and the movement was born.

Peace Now operates through public campaigns, advertisements, petitions, distribution of educational materials, conferences and lectures, surveys, dialogue groups, street activities, vigils, and demonstrations.”

“About us,” Peace Now website (accessed June 6, 2007)

Mission:

“The basic principles of the movement from the outset were the right of Israel to live within secure borders and the right of our neighbors to do the same, including the right of Palestinians to self-determination. In time the movement became convinced the only viable solution to the conflict was the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories adjacent to Israel, which were occupied as a result of the 1967 war. In 1988, upon PLO acceptance of UNSC resolution 242 and the principle of the two-state solution, Peace Now led a massive demonstration of 100,000 persons calling on the government to negotiate with the PLO. Fully supporting the break-through represented by the 1993 Oslo Accord, Peace Now has consistently supported any and all steps promising to promote a resolution to the conflict, in addition to pressing all Israeli parties in power to initiate steps to bring about an end to the occupation and negotiations for peace.”

“About us,” Peace Now website (accessed June 6, 2007)

Other:
Non-Governmental Organization