WASHINGTON - Israeli writer Amos Oz said Saturday that "there is more than one way to be a Zionist and more than one way to love Israel" stressing that no once can be allowed to take ownership of Zionism. Speaking at the J Street Making History Conference, Oz said that "compromise is the basis for life and where there is compromise there is life."
The author listed Israel's greatest achievements and declared that if it achieves peace with the Palestinians and enhances social solidarity it would be "heaven on earth." He said that there is a majority in favor of the two-state solution among both peoples but that leaders are afraid to take the necessary action.
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Other Israeli speakers who addressed the conference on Saturday were social protest leader Stav Shafir and Yeruham Council head Michael Biton. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is set to speak on closing night. Other participants include MKs Avishai Braverman, Raleb Majadele (Labor) and Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) as well as various former senior IDF officers and social leaders.
The Israeli Embassy in Washington, who had previously boycotted the event, sent Deputy Ambassador Baruch Bina. Some J Street members have in the past backed the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of committing war crimes, and called on US President Barack Obama not to veto a Security Council resolution on settlements.
The US administration sent senior advisor to the president Valerie Jarrett and national security advisor to the vice president Tony Blinken.
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