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March 6, 2019 12:04 pm

Israel’s Blue and White Joint List, Leading in the Polls, Publishes Platform Calling for Regional Peace Conference

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Moshe Ya’laon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi react at the end of a news conference to announce the formation of the Blue and White joint list, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 21, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen.

The platform of the Israeli Blue and White joint list, which is currently leading in the polls ahead of April’s Knesset elections, was published on Wednesday, and includes a call for a regional peace conference between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

According to Yediot Ahronot, the section related to the Israeli-Arab conflict reads in part, “We will initiate a regional conference with the Arab states that desire stability.”

Among other things, the conference will deal with “the regional standing of Israel as a leading power alongside those who share its interests. There will no longer be a situation in which discussions will be held on a nuclear agreement with Iran or the arrangement in Syria without these partners, Israel first among them, achieving their interests.”

Regarding the Palestinians, the platform states that Blue and White will “intensify the process of separating from the Palestinians while uncompromisingly guarding the security interests of the State of Israel and the IDF’s freedom of action everywhere.”

At the moment, says the platform, “Israel lacks an active political leadership that will act in order to seize the opportunity to change the reality in the region and on our borders.”

The platform also pledges to continue Israel’s current policy regarding Iran’s presence in Syria, saying, “On the northern front, we will continue the ongoing operation against Iranian entrenchment and the strengthening of Hezbollah, and we will prepare the IDF for the possibility of war.”

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