The leader of the left-wing Meretz party said that following her meeting last week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu she understood that he has no intention of pushing ahead with a peace process with the Palestinians.
At a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the slaying of peace activist Emil Grunzweig, Zahava Gal-on decried Netanyahu’s attitude toward negotiations with the Palestinians.
“Netanyahu has no intention of vacating the settlements or dividing the sovereignty of Jerusalem,” she said according to Ynet. “He will try to let the peace process slip by.”
The prime minister met with Gal-on on Thursday last week during a round of meetings with the leaders of all the political parties.
Grunzweig was an Israeli teacher and peace activist. He became a symbol of the Israeli peace movement after he was killed in Jerusalem in 1983 by a grenade tossed towards a demonstration against the Lebanon War by right-wing activist Yona Avrushmi. Avrushmi was sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 2011.
“Thirty years after Grunzweig’s death, and the lessons have still not been learned. The incitement, mudslinging and silencing of Peace Now and left-wing organizations who criticize the government continues,” said Gal-on. “The left is as much a target today as it was when Avrushmi claimed he was influenced by politicians’ incitement.
President Shimon Peres sent a letter to Grunzweig’s family to mark the occasion.
“The echoes of Emil Grunzweig’s abominable murder by his fellow countryman during a peaceful demonstration in the heart of Jerusalem has not been forgotten even three decades later. They return and remind all of us of what wild incitement, jealousy and intolerance of the views others lead to.”
“As the people who have a heritage of ‘Thou shall not kill,’ and in a democratic country of differing points of view, we will never be reconciled with deep hatred and we will never retreat in the face of extreme violence,” Peres wrote.