Maki to Join World Jewish Congress

Maki, the Israeli Communist Party that is independent of Moscow, has declared itself to be a Zionist party and as such will join the World Jewish Congress and attend its plenary session next February. Maki leaders Yair Tzaban and Raul Teitelbaum said at a press conference here that their faction supports an all-out war against terrorist organizations, though at the same time it supports the principle of a Palestinian national entity.

They called on the government to declare its readiness to negotiate with any qualified and authorized Palestinian faction that recognizes Israel’s right to exist and is prepared to live in peace with Israel. The Maki position differs sharply from that of the pro-Moscow Rakah Communist Party. Rakah has four Knesset seats. Maki. which did not run a separate list in the last elections, has no representation in the Knesset.

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