President Obama: US Must Prioritize Two-State Solution and a Return to Serious Negotiations
The Arab-Israeli peace process is a hot topic in the United States, and was in the most recent campaign season. As Americans, we recognize the direct correlation between peace in the Middle East and U.S. security. Regional stability lies in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the rapidly growing distance between the present and peace. The U.S. has a responsibility to leverage its leadership role in the Middle East to push both sides to do what is necessary to get serious negotiations back on track.
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OneVoice is an international mainstream grassroots movement, with offices working in parallel in Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Gaza, supported by offices in New York and London. OneVoice aims to amplify the voice of the Israeli and Palestinian mainstream, empowering them to end the conflict, end the occupation and demand that their leaders achieve a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, with limited and mutually agreed upon land swaps, in accordance with international resolutions and previous bi-lateral agreements, establishing an independent Palestinian state at peace with the State of Israel.
WHAT IS OUR ROLE?
OneVoice’s Israeli activists recognize their role and mobilize in a different city each week, bringing residents and local politicians together to promote the two-state solution and countering the agenda of expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank by calling for a settlement freeze.
OneVoice’s Palestinian activists embrace their role by leading community initiatives to transform frustration and hopelessness through non-violent activism. OneVoice Palestine pushes for national reconciliation and a two-state solution that ends the occupation, resolves all final status issues based on international resolutions, establishes an independent Palestinian state, and ends all claims.
WE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY AS AMERICANS TOO. Regional peace in the Middle East is vital to our national security and foreign policy interests. The two-state solution remains the only pragmatic, mutually acceptable solution that can guarantee security for all. OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine are committed to building political and grassroots capacity to bring both parties back to the table and ensure a viable, effective negotiations process with clear terms of reference and a limited timeframe that will fulfill the national aspirations of both peoples. We must amplify the calls of OneVoice Israel for a settlement freeze and of OneVoice Palestine for a final status agreement that ends all claims and demand that the American leadership commit to pushing this process forward by demanding action from both sides as part of policy toward a two-state solution.
More Information: The Candidates on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
As an elected official, we call on you to lead the government in actively supporting the two-state solution based on the 1967 lines as the only means to establishing security and peace in the Middle East. We urge you to leverage America’s leadership role to push Israeli and Palestinian leaders to establish a viable negotiations process that permanently ends the conflict.
Regional stability, a U.S. national security interest, lies in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the rapidly growing distance between the present and peace. You’ve noted the importance of honestly brokering a comprehensive regional peace. We urge you to support a settlement freeze and a return to serious negotiations that resolves all final status issues in accordance with the international resolutions and ends all claims. The two-state solution remains the only pragmatic solution that can deliver the national aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians. Only good faith bilateral negotiations can yield a comprehensive and just peace agreement.
An independent Palestinian state existing alongside the State of Israel in peace and security ensures a better reality for future generations. We urge you to prioritize Middle East peace in your foreign policy and act on your stated commitment to achieve the two-state solution.
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