Barghouti in new call ‘for peace’

By Eric Silver, April 11, 2008
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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: 2:09pm, April 10 2008