Dear Friends of The Meretz World Union,
Here in Israel we had a difficult summer. We lost 72 people in yet another military operation that was doomed to be a strategic failure. This war had no feasible goals; it took the lives of many innocent people on both sides and increased Hamas’ power while hurting the Israeli population residing near the Gaza strip.
Meretz, prior to the operation and during opposed the widespread operation, pushed for a long term diplomatic solution and is still doing so today. The operation and the overall policy of the right wing government in Israel have led us to countless failures and lives lost. As I said in the peace protest in Tel Aviv which was initiated by Meretz, the reality is difficult but the power to change it is in our hands. The public in Israel supports compromise, Jewish-Arab cooperation and ending the siege of Gaza and the occupation. It seeks for a two state solution and longs for democracy, equality and peace.
Rosh Hashana is fast approaching and I would like to wish you all Shanah Tovah Vemetuka. I want to thank you for your hard work and for supporting Meretz. We will continue working relentlessly for a genuine peace process in the region. May this coming year bring hope and peace to us all.