'If Netanyahu wants to stop the rockets, he needs to accept a just peace' [Gideon Levy @ DemocracyNow!]

Published on Jul 22, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org - Joining us from Tel Aviv, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy argues that Middle East peace will never come until the Israeli government drops it rejection of basic Palestinian rights. "Sure Israel wants peace, Israel just doesn't want a just peace," Levy says. "It is all about justice. You look backward and you ask yourself in which stage, in which moment, was Israel willing to give up the occupation? Give me one example in which there was a genuine readiness to put an end to the occupation. It was never there. It was all about gaining time and maintaining the status quo -- namely the West Bank occupied, Gaza under siege, peaceful life in Israel. ... If you want the ultimate proof for it, it's the [West Bank] settlements. Israel never stopped building settlements, and [in doing so] says to the Palestinians and the world, [we] have no intention to give up this piece of land." Levy also discusses why he has received threats after calling on Israeli Air Force pilots to refuse to bomb Gaza, and why he sees a potential Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court as a positive step.

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