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For Peace to Happen, the War Must End

Former Israeli leftists on the disappointment of learning the Palestinians’ true agenda

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Neither Einat Wilf nor Adi Schwartz would actually describe themselves as former-leftists. But both, like many other Israelis, have become disillusioned with the left-wing peace camp’s failed approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr. Einat Wilf is a former Member of Knesset with the Labor Party and later with the breakaway Independence Party. Before that, she was an IDF intelligence officer, earned a degree from Harvard University, and completed her Ph.D at the University of Cambridge.

Adi Schwartz is an Israeli journalist who worked for years as a staff writer and senior editor at the liberal daily newspaper Haaretz. He today teaches journalism at Sapir College in the northern Negev.

The two co-authored The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace, recently updated and translated from Hebrew to English. During a press conference hosted by the Jerusalem Press Club they characterized the book as an effort to convince both fellow Israelis and the international community to finally deal with the real obstacle to...