Knesset Caucus

OneVoice Israel (OVI) has built a broad coalition of two-state solution supporters within the Knesset to create the political conditions necessary to propel Israeli leaders toward ending the conflict and the occupation. OVI mobilizes its grassroots infrastructure to connect with Knesset (Israeli parliament) members and ministers. The first Caucus was established in 2011 and followed suit in 2012 as the Two-State Solution Caucus. On May 20, 2013, OVI, in partnership with the Israeli Peace Initiative, co-launched the Caucus for Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict in the 19th Knesset, chaired by Knesset Deputy Speaker Hilik Bar (Labor). OVI had previously founded the first-ever caucus to maintain support for the two-state solution in the previous Knesset, chaired by Members of the Knesset (MKs) Yoel Hasson (Kadima) and Amir Peretz (Labor).

Following the launch event in the Knesset in May of 2013 with over 500 supporters and 30 MKs of the caucus, OVI spearheaded three unprecedented events.

OneVoice Israel held a national round table event on June 20, 2013 with 2,000 Israelis across the country. Twenty like-minded organizations and 18 MKs took part, discussing and debating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bridging the gap between people and their leaders.

On July 31, 2013 the Caucus welcomed a delegation of officials from the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and PLO members of the Civil Dialogue Committee. For the second time in history, the Palestinian flag was flown in the Knesset. On October 7, 2013 a delegation from the Caucus visited the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah in an act of reciprocation.

On February 16, 2014 the Caucus brought over 300 Israeli students to Ramallah for a groundbreaking meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The event received widespread media attention, including in the The New York Times, Al Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, AFP, NPR, The Times of Israel, and Haaretz.

These events showcased that the in Israeli and Palestinian societies there is the desire to reach a mutually agreed peace and that the centrist majority of both Israelis and Palestinians supports a two-state agreement on the core issues that ends the occupation and establishes an independent Palestinian state at peace with the State of Israel.

To date, there are 42 members of the Caucus for Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict – the largest caucus in the Knesset – from a wide spectrum of political parties, and 47 supporting Israeli officials total.

Supporting ministers of the Caucus:

Tzipi Livni, Hatenu’a (Justice Minister)

Amir Peretz, Hatenu’a (Minister for the Environment)

Yaakov Perry, Yesh Atid (Science and Technology Minister)

Yael German, Yesh Atid (Health Minister)

Mickey Levi, Yesh Atid (Deputy Finance Minister)

Caucus members:

1. Dr. Ronen Hoffman, Yesh Atid

2. Boaz Toporovsky, Yesh Atid

3. Dr. Adi Kol, Yesh Atid

4. Dov Lipman, Yesh Atid

5. Pnina Tamano-Shata, Yesh Atid

6. Yoel Razbozov, Yesh Atid

7. Yifat Kariv, Yesh Atid

8. Amram Mitzna, Hatenu’a

9. Meir Sheetrit, Hatenu’a

10. David Tsur, Hatenu’a

11. Elezer Stern, Hatenu’a

12. Hilik Bar, Labor (Caucus Chair)

13. Omer Bar Lev, Labor

14. Michal Biran, Labor

15. Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Labor

16. Isaac Herzog, (Labor Opposition Chair)

17. Stav Shaffir, Labor

18. Itzik Shmuli, Labor

19. Miki Rosental, Labor

20. Moshe Mizrahi, Labor

21. Eitan Cabel, Labor

22. Merav Michaeli, Labor

23. Dr. Erel Margalit, Labor

24. Prof. Avishay Braverman, Labor

25. Dr. Nachman Shai, Labor

26. Itzik Cohen, Shas

27. Itzhak Vaknin, Shas

28. David Azoulay, Shas

29. Avraham Michaeli, Shas

30. Shaul Mofaz, Kadima

31. Mohammad Barakeh, Hadash

32. Dr. Dov Khenin, Hadash

33. Afu Agbariye, Hadash

34. Hana Swed, Hadash

35. Zehava Galon, Meretz

36. Ilan Gilon, Meretz

37. Michal Rosin, Meretz

38. Nitzan Horowitz, Meretz

39. Tamar Zandberg, Meretz

40. Isawi Frij, Meretz

41. Ruth Calderon, Yesh Atid

42. Gila Gamliel, Likud

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