Taking into account the prime minister who publicly supports two states and

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Taking into account the prime minister, who publicly supports two states and opposes annexation, it becomes clear that such legislation would not be passed in the Knesset. 3. Almost the entire retired and current Israeli security establishment unequivocally states: taking steps to advance two states is the only way to ensure Israel’s security. Just as doctors know best about fighting disease and scientists about combating climate change, the Israeli security establishment knows best about advancing Israel’s security, which is why every retired IDF chief of staff , Mossad chief and Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) director has clearly indicated that a two-state arrangement is the only way for Israel to achieve long-term security . Even further , 80% of all retired IDF generals and their equivalents in the Mossad, Shin Bet and Israeli Police (Commanders for Israel’s Security) are currently calling for immediate actions to be taken to ensure Israeli security through separation from the Palestinians . The far Right would have you believe that those advocating for a two-state solution today are unrealistic “leftists,” but with the safety of millions of Israelis on the line, we think it is wise to listen to the commanders with over 7,000 collective years of military and national security service, as opposed to Bennett and his extremist agenda. 4. Advancing two states is the only way to ensure that Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation in the West Bank continues . The Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank continue strong security cooperation with the IDF and Israeli authorities , working together to prevent terrorism from reaching Israelis and Palestinians. While these security forces may have significant political interests at stake in working to prevent a Hamas takeover in the West Bank, their continued cooperation with Israel amid significant public pressure should not be forgotten when the question arises of whether there is a partner for peace on the Arab side. If Israel does not take steps to advance two states, the Palestinian public may lose faith in this security cooperation , risking its deterioration and bringing about a serious blow to the safety of Israelis. 5. Advancing two states will encourage moderate Arab states to increase their public, diplomatic support for Israel .
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s unprecedented security cooperation with regional Arab states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but the recent breakdown Israel experienced at the United Nations in late 2016 indicates its diplomatic isolation. The broad Arab support for the two-state solution by way of the Arab Peace Initiative is a clear indication that steps to advance two states will open the door for greater regional cooperation.
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  • Spring '14
  • Feldman,J

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