On Monday, September 5th, Decision at 50, a new organization composed of Shalom Achshav
(Peace Now), Israel’s preeminent peace movement, in cooperation with other Israeli civil society
organizations, issued the following press release:
Today (Monday, September 5th) "Decision at 50" launched a campaign demanding a referendum on the future
of the Territories and the future of Israel during the 50th year of Israel's control over the West
Bank and Gaza. Under the slogan "It's time to decide," the movement will promote a large scale media campaign,
accompanied by public events and direct action throughout the country meant to collect signatures of Israeli
citizens in support of a Knesset referendum bill.
"Decision at 50" was initiated by a group of organizations and individuals, including "Peace Now," "Blue White
Future," as well as former security officials, former politicians, artists and social activists.
The founders of "Decision at 50" believe that after 50 years of Israeli control over the Palestinian Territories,
and after 50 years of indecision by Israeli governments, it is time to bring the decision to the Israeli public and
let the people decide on their own fate: a bi-national state or two states, 50 more years of military rule or a
diplomatic resolution. "This is the most sensitive and explosive issue in Israeli society today, and we demand that
after 50 years we will get the right to decide on our own future. We cannot allow ourselves another 50 years of
governments' indecision, during which decisions are made every day on the ground," the founders of the initiatives