Labor Party OKs leaders plan for West Bank exit

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Israel’s Labor Party unanimously approved a plan presented by its leader, Isaac Herzog, that would promote a two-state solution through unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank. The plan was approved Feb. 7 during a party convention.

Herzog in a statement posted on Facebook praised the vote, adding that it is a “major struggle for the State of Israel to remain safe, Jewish and democratic.”

Former Labor head Shelly Yachimovich has led the public opposition to Herzog’s diplomatic plan and said she would vie with Herzog for the party leadership.

The plan calls for the advancement of the two-state solution even without negotiations toward a final agreement, the daily paper Haaretz reported.

The plan calls on Israel to retain West Bank settlement blocs, freeze all building outside of the settlement blocs and complete the security barrier. It also states that Gaza must be part of a final agreement and moderate Arab states must be involved in the process. — jta