This is written in reply to “You are the next bereaved parents” (Haaretz, July 28, in Hebrew), the heartbreaking article by Avi Yaakobi, whose son Gilad was killed in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014.
After that terrible operation, in which Gilad was killed, the Women Wage Peace movement was founded. As mothers, sisters, wives, grandmothers and concerned citizens we knew that repeated rounds of fighting are not a solution. We knew that we have an obligation to demand that the decision makers promote a diplomatic agreement that would bring us closer to the quiet and security that we deserve, and that is in the interest of all of us, all parts of the nation. The movement now numbers over 43,000 women and men from all over the country, from a variety of communities and with different political opinions, and it is working tirelessly to promote a diplomatic agreement.
Thus, Women Wage Peace is now promoting a draft bill: “Diplomatic Alternatives First.” The bill is designed to require decision makers to allocate time, attention and manpower to examine and develop diplomatic alternatives, in ordinary times and in times of emergency. There is an unwritten contract between the state and its citizens: We will enlist and report to fight when called to do so, but only on condition that we know the decision makers are leaving no stone unturned to ascertain that these wars really are necessary. The study we conducted taught us that this contract has been violated for years.