July 19, 2017
Our day officially started with a visit to the K'nesset.
|Just the California Rabbis|
|The Full Contingent of Progressive Rabbis on this Trip|
Instead, though, we were met by people from the North of Israel wanting the government to invest more in green energy. It was wonderful to see that Israelis care not only about things like security, but about the environment.
|Knesset Member Stav Shafir|
|The actual peace agreement|
|The U.N. Statehood Vote|
|Gun used to assassinate Yitzchak Rabin|
We also met with speakers from the Israeli Democracy Institute, Haaretz Commentator Amos Harel, and Mohammed Darweh, an Arab Citizen of Israel who serves as an advisor to the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and Israel. He talked about Israel's poor record on rights for Arab citizens of Israel, socially, economically, and politically. He did not pull punches, giving it to us straight. Again, credit to AIPAC for showing us a real insider's look at Israel, warts and all. But he also pulled no punches with the Palestinians. The advice he gives them is that the road to peace will go through Tel Aviv, not Brussels or the United Nations. Israel has proven time and again that pressure doesn't work.
|Arab Citizen of Israel and Advisor Ohammed Darweh|