A veteran Israeli director who has been critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians says he does not want to see a “peace deal” with the Palestinians and says he would prefer to see Israel withdraw from all of the occupied territories.
In an interview published on Friday, Tariq Abu Zeid said he does support a two-state solution but would prefer that Israel withdraw “to all of Palestine.”
In a speech on Wednesday, Abu Zeic called for the “demilitarization” of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as an end to the “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinian communities.
He also called for a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967.
Abu Zeih also called on Israel to end the “illegal Israeli settlements” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move which many Palestinians see as an obstacle to peace.
Abu Zeid is the son of the former Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon, who was assassinated in 2013.
The film, which was directed by veteran Israeli filmmaker Gideon Levy, focuses on his father’s struggles to fight a cancer that has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Abou Zeid’s film was widely praised for its unflinching portrayal of the death of the late Yaalon.
“It’s like the best of Israel,” Abu Zeidi said in the interview.
“It’s one of the most beautiful films in the world, because it captures the essence of my father’s work.
The fact that he was so passionate about what he was doing, I believe he was the last of the Jews who had the courage to be on the other side of this.”
Abu Ziad said he is not opposed to an eventual Palestinian state, but that a “separation” between the West and the Arab world is necessary.
“Israel has a responsibility to live in peace with the Arab and Muslim world, which we have a lot of respect for,” he said.
“But I don’t believe that this separation can be established, and I don, too, believe that it cannot be established within a Jewish state.”
In his speech on Thursday, Abu Ziad also praised the efforts of the Arab League to reach an agreement on Palestine.
“The Arab League is doing everything in its power to make this possible,” he added.
“We have no doubt that the Palestinians are not going to accept the status quo of occupation.
We also have no doubts that the Palestinian people are not willing to accept Israeli rule over their homeland.”
Abusid, who has received honorary doctorates from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said he would also like to see the United Nations begin to recognize the state of Palestine as a state, and the “historic peace” with Israel.
“I hope that this will happen, and that the United States, Canada, the European Union, and others will recognize Israel as a sovereign state,” he continued.
Abusd’s comments follow a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Jerusalem suburb of Ramallah on Friday.
Abusid called on Palestinians to take part in the “resistance” to the Israeli occupation.
“A people without a people is no people at all,” he told the crowd.
“Every Palestinian has the right to live, to live as a free man, and to live peacefully, in peace, and with dignity.”
Abusive remarksAbusida was speaking as the United Kingdom, France and the United Arab Emirates announced plans to allow Palestinian refugees in to their countries.
A new agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, announced on Friday morning, will allow a small number of the refugees to return to their homes.
But the move comes with a caveat: The refugees will be required to leave Israel within a week, and Israel will have to accept a return of Palestinians from the West bank and Gaza.
The agreement also calls for a two year halt to settlement construction in the territories.