Ad cam­paign fu­els ten­sion

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BETH­LE­HEM: Former senior Is­raeli de­fence of­fi­cials have rolled out a mas­sive ad cam­paign in Is­rael “warn­ing” Is­raelis of a sin­gle state with a Pales­tinian ma­jor­ity if the two-state so­lu­tion was not im­ple­mented as the end goal in Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace talks.

The former of­fi­cials are mem­bers of a group known as the Com­man­ders for Is­rael’s Se­cu­rity con­sist­ing of “about 200 former top of­fi­cials from the coun­try’s se­cu­rity ser­vices ded­i­cated to the two-state so­lu­tion”, ac­cord­ing to the Times of Is­rael.

The cam­paign fea­tured pic­tures of Pales­tinian crowds re­ferred to as a “Pales­tinian mob”, over­laid with the cap­tion: “Soon we will be the ma­jor­ity,” writ­ten in Ara­bic, and “Pales­tine: One state for two peo­ple” in English.

The ads ref­er­ence the grow­ing Pales­tinian pop­u­la­tion, which is pro­jected to reach 7.13mil­lion by the end of 2020, com­pared with 6.96 mil­lion Jews in “his­tor­i­cal Pales­tine” – mean­ing the oc­cu­pied West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and Is­rael – ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Cen­tral Bureau of Statis­tics.

The cam­paign fea­tured in full­page ads in two of Is­rael’s news­pa­pers and bill­boards across the coun­try, the Times of Is­rael re­ported.

Pales­tinian law­mak­ers in­side Is­rael slammed the cam­paign, which was re­port­edly in­tended to pro­mote the two-state so­lu­tion and to op­pose right-wing calls to an­nex large swathes of oc­cu­pied West Bank, call­ing it racist.

Is­raeli MP Ay­man Odeh posted a state­ment on Face­book say­ing: “This isn’t a peace cam­paign, but rather a ha­tred cam­paign against Arabs.

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