December 10, 2023

Pain and Opportunity

We are experiencing a moment full of pain, which carries an opportunity for change. We must not miss it. This is the moment to expand our influence so we can cry out, demand and promote a political solution that will bring a safe, equal and better life for all in a land for all. This is the moment to support and join A Land for All,

Israelis and Palestinians are now living through the darkest times in their shared history on this land. However, despite all the grief, anger and pain, we, a group of Israelis and Palestinians, remain faithful to our joint journey for our future and the future of our children. We are A Land for All, a movement of people who know that there is another way: we can live here separately and together in two independent states that share one homeland. Our vision is based on recognising that both people belong to this homeland and the understanding that only partnership and personal and collective equality will bring a safer and better life for all.

In these days, when many people on both sides cultivate the illusion that victory means defeat for the other side, our movement and our vision are more important than ever. Our principles are based on the shared interests of the two nations. Not a zero-sum game, but a win-win for both sides. This stems from our understanding that only an agreement based on the interests and needs of both nations can lead to a safe life.

Military actions that are not accompanied by a long-term political strategy and the pursuit of a political solution have not succeeded in the past and will not lead to change this time either. Violence was not, is not and will never be the way to resolve the conflict. The war and the bloodshed are not our preordained destiny. We are meant to live side by side and we will not agree to live and die by the sword forever.

The end of long-standing conflicts is in alliances and treaties, therefore, to prevent the next war, we must now get on the path that will lead us there. We offer a way for a sustainable solution based on the physical, political and emotional reality of the two nations. Instead of desperation, we offer hope. Instead of fighting each other, we offer a partnership of mutual interests and ambitions. We, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs are the children of this land. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can build a different future. Together, we can and must change our reality.