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Hawks and Doves in Israel’s Labor Party Clashing over Elissa Statements

A clash between hawks and doves is shaping up in the governing councils of the Israel Labor Party over statements made by the Party’s new secretary general Are Eliav in an interview published in Time magazine this week. Mr. Eliav, who described himself as a “super dove” said that an “infant Palestinian nation existed” and that Israel should not annex territories aside from Jerusalem. Mordecai Surkiss, a Knesset member, demanded that the Party leadership discuss Mr. Eliav’s remarks. He contended that the secretary general had no right to express views that are contrary to official government policy. Mr. Eliav retorted that his views are well known and he had spelled them out many times prior to his unanimous election as secretary general by the Labor Party executive.