Labor presents plan to kick-start process of ‘separation from the Palestinians’

Amid fierce speculation over the details of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, Labor releases the party’s platform for “separating from the Palestinians,” detailing key steps it says it will take to restart the moribund peace process.

“As a party defined by diplomatic initiative and the pursuit of peace, we are committed to working to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state,” reads the opening of the policy proposal titled, “Three paths to separation.”

The plan describes Labor’s long-term “diplomatic vision” as “a regional arrangement with the Palestinians and the moderate Arab states, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state will be established by our side.” But in an admission of the significant barriers that prevent breaking the current deadlock, the party admits that “this future vision is not attainable” in the near future.

“Israel must therefore take a political turn, to pave new paths to separation from the Palestinians, build trust between the sides, and reverse current trends that endanger Israel,” the plan says.

— Raoul Wootliff

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