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Israeli settler leader criticises AIPAC over ‘two states for two peoples’

A woman with a sign rests on a curb during a Pro-Palestine rally in front of the White House during the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, USA on 26 March, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
A woman with a sign rests on a curb during a Pro-Palestine rally in front of the White House during the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, USA on 26 March, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

Yossi Dagan, a prominent leader of Israel’s settler movement in the occupied West Bank, has criticised the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC over a senior official’s remarks on a two-state solution.

AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr expressed support for “two states for two people, one Jewish with secure and defensible borders, and one Palestinian, with its own flag and its own future”.

According to Haaretz, Dagan, who heads the ‘Samaria Regional Council’, wrote in his letter to AIPAC that he is “astounded” as to why AIPAC, “whose raison d’etre is pro-Israel advocacy in the United States”, would “present the positions of the State of Israel (and of the U.S.) so inaccurately before senior government officials, senators and congressmen, and the general pro-Israel public”.

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Dagan urged AIPAC to “update its talking points”, thus, he continued, allowing the lobby group “to participate even more effectively in Israel’s great quest – for survival as an independent, secure, moral, democratic, peaceful Jewish state, benefitting the world in the spirit of Tikun Olam”.

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