About twenty Israeli writers and intellectuals have signed a petition calling on the EU recognise a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. Members of the Israeli left have signed a petition, organised by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, calling on the EU to recognise an independent state of Palestine based on 1967 borders in the UN in September.
Notable signatories of the letter are said to include Nobel Laureate Professor Aniel Kahneman, former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg and former Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Liel.
The letter, according to Heeratz, claimed that ‚Äúpeace has fallen hostage to the peace process,’. And that ‘as Israeli citizens, we announce that if and when the Palestinian people declare independence of a sovereign state that will exist next to Israel in peace and security, we will support such the announcement of the Palestinian State with borders based on the 1967 lines, with needed land swaps on a 1:1 basis.’
The letter urged the countries of the world to recognize an independent Palestine based on the same principles.
Speaking to YNet former Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Liel explained his decision to sign the letter saying that he was ‚Äúless concerned about violence and more concerned about apartheid’.
In April 17 Israel Prize winners as well as dozens of artists and intellectuals signed a petition calling on the Israeli government to recognise an independent Palestine based on 1967 borders.