Yesterday, OneVoice Gaza organized a town hall meeting in Gaza City with the residents of al-Ziton neighborhood. The meeting's message was one of support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas telling him to continue negotiations with the state of Israel, in order to reach a comprehensive framework agreement with Israel. More than 50 participants attended the meeting.
The participants agreed that the negotiations should be the only path toward ending the occupation, but also expressed some hopelessness regarding the prospects for successful negotiations. Ezzeldin Masri, OV Gaza's Director of Outreach, responded by saying that the leaders in Israel have realized that a two state solution is in Israel's best interest also, and that many of the political party leaders want to reach a compromise with the Palestinian leaders based on this framework.
Mowaffaq Alami, Executive Director of OV Gaza, spoke about the benefits that real peace will bring Palestinians, and the need to reach an agreement within this year.