West Bank, AJC, Israel discussed on People of the Pod
It is a time honored AJC tradition to feature civil yet forceful debates at the AJC Global Forum each year. We weren't going to give that up. Just because we are meeting virtually without further ado here is AJC director of communications. Avi Mayor to introduce our great to be on the future of the West Bank. The West Bank is in many respects. The Jewish heartland known in Hebrew as Some alone or today and Samaria. It is where Jewish kings reigned Jewish prophets preached, and it is today home to some four hundred and fifty thousand Israelis it is also home to an estimated two point seven million Palestinians many of whom have lived there for generations and none of whom have ever had a sovereign state to call their own. The question of what to do with the West Bank has vexed Israeli decision makers since this all came into possession of the territory during the nineteen sixty seven six day war now the Israeli government appears to be considering. Considering the unilateral extension of Israeli sovereignty, two parts of the West Bank a move fiercely opposed by Palestinians who claim the territory for a future Palestinian state? Where should Israel go from here with us to debate this pressing question today are two distinguished guests and friends of AJC member of Chris admit ally, of Israel's Labor Party, who was previously a prominent journalist and commentator, an ambassador gold, a veteran Israeli diplomat, including as permanent representative to the United Nations and current president of the Jerusalem Center for public. Affairs welcome to you both. Let's get started member of. Your opening statement, please. The state of Israel has existed unfortunately twice as long with the Palestinian Israeli conflict at this form twice as long as it has without. So to a large extent, it doesn't know itself without this contract. But we need to go back to the forming of the state of Israel and ask ourselves. What is design is dream what has designed vision, and I think it is very clear. It is a state for the Jewish people, a democratic state, or all the Jewish people now in order to have that we need to have a border which separates us from the two seven million Palestinians live in West Bend. If possible a border of peace, which.