JERUSALEM (Jun. 14)
On the eve of the renewed peace talks in Washington, Jewish settlers from the administered territories and the Golan Heights have stepped up their public relations campaign against Israeli territorial concessions.
Gathering at the Rose Garden opposite the Knesset, protesters began what has been planned as a lengthy sit-in strike.
The demonstrators are against trading land for peace, a policy which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s government appears to be embracing in the Middle East peace negotiations.
The protesters came fully equipped with camping facilities such as tents, sleeping bags and food, ready to stay there as long as necessary.
Each municipal council in the territories and the Golan sent its own delegation and set up its own hut to serve as the council’s headquarters during the protest strike.
Each hut was fully equipped with telephone and fax lines.
The protesters placed a huge placard opposite the Prime Minister’s Office with the slogan “Rabin has no mandate,” understood to mean that Rabin has no mandate from the people to make territorial concessions.