The Labor party has come to the realization that the so-called “two-state solution” is not feasible at the moment, MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Union) of the party told Arutz Sheva on Sunday. Zionist Union is a joint list made up of Labor and MK Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party.
Speaking on the sidelines of a visit to Gush Etzion alongside MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (Jewish Home), Nahmias-Verbin stressed that “Gush Etzion is a consensus in my party”, but also said she does not share the views of Jewish Home that annexing Judea and Samaria is the best way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Instead, opined Nahmias-Verbin, Zionist Union chairman Yitzhak Herzog’s “separation plan” is the best way to go about things.
“I say what is on my mind. I love Gush Etzion and its citizens. After six crazy months when every week there is a stabbing or another attack in Gush Etzion, I came to tell the residents that we need to create a security solution and that for my party the separation is that solution,” she said.
Asked about the concept of separation which has previously been tried in Gaza without success, she said she believes that the expulsion from Gaza was not carried out properly.
“I’m separating between the personal hurt I felt over the residents who were evacuated from Gaza, and between the fact that I thought it was an important move to make, but it was not done the way it should’ve been done,” said Nahmias-Verbin, who also pointed out that “Gaza is different than Judea and Samaria.”
“We also must remember that the terrorist attacks before the Disengagement were very difficult and the mortar shells were flying on Sderot and the communities in northern Gaza in large numbers,” she continued. “Since 2001 the number of rocket and mortar attacks from the Gaza Strip have been unbearable. All the means we tried did not stop the shooting and the construction of tunnels, and yet I believe that the Disengagement was not carried out properly.”