Zelda Harris
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“There is no partner for peace”

Good news indeed from no other than our Minister of Defense or is it Minister of War??

As we leave 2013 during which we thought, or at least some of us hoped that there would be a significant breakthrough in the negotiations for a Two State solution, we are now forced to think about the alternative.

For those who have already made up their minds, then you should know that we do have contingency plans should another intifada break out and naturally we have the worst case scenario of actually “going in” to the territories if push comes to shove,as they say.

Its really not a time for frivolity and theres actually nothing to celebrate, unless its more of the same.

A new film has just been released about the traumatic period of  bus bombing. God Forbid we should have to endure that again. I was living in Netanya during those years and we were the city which it was said had the second largest incidents of suicide bombers, after Jerusalem. I am not sure if that was true, but it certainly,felt like it.

We not only need, to be reminded of that horror but maybe, encouraged to think that there could be another way. Should Israel and Palestine exist as neighbours, we could change the face of the Middle East, we are even now a relative beacon of sanity in a deranged area. We could become the game changer.

Eliezer Yaari in a short interview on radio this afternoon during Yaron Enosh’s  delightful Friday afternoon program   said “Lets not celebrate the coming of 2014 lets make our protest by staying in 2013. Lets go out on the streets and say”Boogie lets try to BOOGIE” maybe we can prove you wrong.

We need a Nelson Mandela on both sides we will back BIBI with all our hearts and minds if he can rise to the occasion.

Best wishes is all I can say for 2014.

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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