Israeli ex-officers issue peace plan, condemn gov't inaction

A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers are criticizing the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and have issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse.

The plan by Commanders for Israel's Security on Friday called for a broad Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 war to allow the Palestinians to establish their state.

The group's chairman Amnon Reshaf criticizes "fear mongers" who say there is no Palestinian partner for peace.

The report's publication closely follows the appointment of a defense minister who is an outspoken skeptic of peace efforts with the Palestinians, and a French initiative to restart talks that collapsed in 2014.

War veterans are well-respected in Israel, and their input has previously shifted debate.