A new trend in Israeli-Palestinian relations: Elevator buttons
The Jerusalem post reports on an Israeli initiative to create a new trend: Elevators for Palestinians.
“The idea is to elevate the Palestinians’ status and their rights,” says the Israeli-American journalist.
“It’s a way of showing them we support them, we’re ready to help them,” he adds.
In response to the elevation of Palestinians in the region, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the Elevator for Palestinians initiative in the capital of Tel Aviv.
The initiative aims to show the world that Israel, “with its history of dispossession and dispossession of the Palestinians,” is prepared to protect them, says the initiative’s website.
“Elevators for Palestine will demonstrate the world’s recognition of the Palestinian right to self-determination,” the website reads.
“We call on the international community to take action to support the Palestinians.”
“The idea behind elevators for Palestinian is that they are the ultimate expression of Israeli sovereignty over the Palestinian people, a right that has always existed under Israel’s sovereignty,” the Israeli politician and political commentator Yossi Sarid told Al Jazeera.
“But elevators also give Palestinians a sense of legitimacy.
I think elevators can also give them hope that they have an opportunity to live a normal life, that the future is not bleak, that their lives are not bleak.”
In January, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced the creation of the Jerusalem Heights Authority, the entity tasked with governing Jerusalem, including the city’s Palestinian residents.
In the coming years, Jerusalem will become Israel’s capital, and Israel will recognize Jerusalem as its capital.
In this respect, the Jerusalem Authority will also oversee the construction of Israeli settlements, which Israel considers illegal under international law.
The announcement of the establishment of the Authority came a day after the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the status quo of the status of Jerusalem in a ruling that has been referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
Israel is currently the only Jewish state in the Middle East and the only Arab state.
While the creation and implementation of the new entity was not part of the government’s policy, Netanyahu is keen to establish his legitimacy as a Jewish state and to build a bridge between his country and the Palestinian territories.
In the run-up to the upcoming Israeli elections, Netanyahu was keen to convince Palestinians that his government would support them and that it would help them achieve their rights, as the Jerusalem Times reported in December.
In response to a question, Netanyahu said: “The Jerusalem Authority is created for the sake of the Israelis, not the Palestinians.
The Jerusalem Authority provides us with the power to solve problems.
If the Palestinians want to be happy, we’ll provide them with peace, we will solve their problems and we will provide them a future.
We have no choice but to accept the Palestinians as they are.
I’m the only one who can solve their issues.
We’re not going to give up.”
In a similar vein, during his campaign, the prime minister promised that he would build “two settlements for two peoples”.
The settlements are intended to be “a final and lasting settlement” in the occupied territories, he said in a campaign rally in Tel Aviv in October.
However, a recent survey of Palestinians found that many Palestinians did not support this plan.
“In this election, the majority of Palestinians said they didn’t support building two settlements in the Jerusalem area, and the same goes for building more settlements,” a spokesperson for the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey said in an email.
“There is no way to achieve a Palestinian state without a Palestinian capital.
Settlements would exacerbate the Palestinian refugee problem and divide the Palestinians from their homeland.”
The initiative is being spearheaded by the Israeli NGO, B’Tselem, which works to promote equality and justice for Palestinians, the Palestinian and Israeli journalists told Al jazeera.
B’A’Tstem says it hopes the initiative will “increase the level of awareness” among Palestinians about the rights of Palestinians.
“We want to change the perception of Israelis and Palestinians,” said B’Telmam, a member of B’Torachim, an Israeli NGO.
“This initiative could also be a tool for Israel to show its commitment to Palestinian rights.”