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A large majority of the Israeli public supports the peace process, but doesn't believe it's achievable, Knesset Member Tamar Zandberg tells Haaretz in this interview. "This is the result of long years of right-wing governments that [have] made an active effort to convince the people to lose faith," she said.
In an interview with Aimee Amiga for "The Candidates" ahead of the March 17 general election, the Meretz MK says all the key issues required for reaching a two-state solution with the Palestinians have "already been settled," except for the settlements. "The only obstacle that remains and the only one that the Israeli government refuses to solve is the settlements," she says, clarifying that it is not the settlement blocs that are the issue, but the isolated settlements, "that will have to be evacuated in order to make the reality [on the ground] possible for an agreement."
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Zandberg also discusses issues of women's rights and gay rights in Israel. In response to a question of whether she takes issue with people accusing Israel of "pinkwashing the occupation," she accuses Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) of using gay Israeli celebrities as ambassadors abroad, while not taking meaningful steps to advance gay rights or the peace process.
As a politically active resident of Tel Aviv, Zandberg explains that, on a personal level, her favorite thing about the city are "the streets" and the sense of community she feels with her neighbors.
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