A broad range of US Jewish figures wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks restart.
“We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by the Israel Policy Forum and signed by 140 leaders of religious groups, donors, and former luminaries of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
“That is why we applaud your understanding that one must be ‘willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace,’” it said.
Since agreeing to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeal to restart talks, Netanyahu has said that such compromise is necessary. One of Netanyahu’s top deputies, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, on Thursday told the British Daily Telegraph that a “demilitarized” Palestinian state was “the only possible solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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