Barghouti in new call ‘for peace’

By Eric Silver, April 10, 2008

Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his part in killing Israelis during the intifada, this week congratulated Peace Now on its 30th birthday.

In a message relayed from his prison cell, the former Fatah warlord committed himself to an “historic reconciliation” with Israel.

“I say to you,” he wrote, “that I am prepared, and like me the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people, for historic reconciliation that is based on … two states living alongside one another in security and peace and which will give our sons and your sons a life without the threat of war or bloodshed.”

“It’s a positive sign,” Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer told the JC. “It’s another proof that Fatah is Israel’s best partner for peace.”

Last updated: 1:09pm, April 10 2008