I started dinking around with ideas for what a “new” Left-wing pro-Israel movement’s platform might look like. Just thought I’d run it by the peanut gallery for critique:
End the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
Negotiate Israel’s withdrawl from the Occupied Palestinian Territories with Israeli, Palestinian, and international partners.
Stridently pursue a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that satisfies the legitimate concerns of both Israeli and Palestinian people.
Invest in interfaith initiatives that seek to resolve theological conflicts between Jews, Muslims and Christians.
Pursue economic interdependence between Israel and its neighbors.
Pursue, in the long term, a regional disarmament treaty.
Go beyond the security question:
Actively fight government corruption in Israel. Put an end to the reign of “protektzia” and “combina.” Combat bureaucracy, root out entrenched cliques, and agitate for new leadership and new thinking. Provide scholarships to incentivize the study of government and progressive social and economic theory.
Address concerns of civil rights, social welfare, religious pluralism, environmental defense, education, and corporate responsibility. Invest in social policy initiatives that improve the quality of life of all Israelis, and promote economic policies that balance needed growth with social responsibility.
Demand moral conduct:
End Israel’s sale of arms to parties known to be complicit in human rights abuses. Strictly enforce the provisions of the Kimberly Agreement and criminalize the trade of arms for conflict diamonds.
Eliminate human trafficking in Israel. Pursue stricter penalties for traffickers and a more compassionate policy towards trafficking victims.
Defend the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and of the legitimacy of Jewish statehood as the collective determination of the Jewish people.
Combat antisemitism and its conflation with anti-Zionism.
Reject anti-Zionism as moot point: The state exists. Getting sidetracked in the question of Israel’s legitimacy, in the eyes of either Torah or post-colonialism, hinders the ability to collectively pursue common goals.