Settler Council Appeals for Ban on Geneva Initiative Campaign

Yesha Council calls for injunction, claiming campaign constitutes election material for Kadima, Labor and Meretz.

The Yesha Council of Settlements appealed to the Central Elections Committee on Tuesday to place an injunction against a public advertising campaign promoting the 2003 Geneva Accord.

According to the council, the campaign - which proclaims "The Geneva Initiative is good for the Jews" - constitutes election publicity for the Labor Party, Meretz and Kadima, and bypasses restrictions on advertising in the lead-up to the February 10 general election.

The council called on Committee Chairman and Deputy Supreme Court President Eliezer Rivlin to prohibit the campaign from advertising in public and in newspapers.

They said the campaign encourages the establishment of a Palestinian state, while attacking Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

The advertisements serve parties whose campaigns are "based on striking at Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, while sowing the illusion of peace and calm among the voting public," the council said.

The council also claims the campaign infringes election regulations regarding the size of advertisements.

The 2003 accord was drafted by former Meretz leader Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Authority minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, and calls for transferring most of the West Bank and East Jerusalem to Palestinian Authority.

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