Tell the Republican & Democratic Platform Committees
Two-State Solution is a Top Priority

This year both the Democratic and Republican parties are offering mechanisms for grassroots feedback on their political platforms prior to adoption at their respective national conventions. You can help put Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and a two-state solution at the top of the political agenda of our nation's major political parties for the next four years through your participation!

How to Get Involved:

Democrats:

The Democratic Party is holding platform meetings in all 50 states now through July 27 "where individuals can share what issues are most important to them and what should be at the heart of the Democratic platform for change." For information on where and when your local meeting will be held, go to: http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/listening.  A national hearing will take place August 1st and the platform drafting committee will meet separately August 2nd and 3rd. The meeting of the full platform committee is scheduled for Aug. 9th. The Democratic National Convention will be held Aug 25-28 in Denver, CO.

Republicans:

The Republican Party is offering grassroots input into its platform via a web-based initiative at: http://www.gopplatform2008.com/intro.aspx. “On this website, you can share your thoughts, participate in polls, and communicate directly with the policymakers who will be shaping the party's agenda.”  The site allows you to submit both text and video-based commentary. The party platform meeting is tentatively scheduled for Aug 25-28.  The Republican National convention will be held Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

Suggested platform language:

  • The United States should use its full influence, through serious, constructive and persistent diplomatic engagement, to promote negotiations and other actions that will lead to a two-state resolution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the creation of a viable Palestinian state living side-by-side with a secure Israel.

  • It is in the interests of the United States to appoint a high-level, permanent envoy to the Middle East in order to provide the vigorous and persistent U.S. engagement vital to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts.

  • The United States should ensure that Israelis and Palestinians keep to their commitments to lay the groundwork for a final status agreement, including a freeze on Israeli settlement construction and the removal of illegal outposts in the West Bank, and significant Palestinian security reforms.

Keep us posted!

If you attend a Democratic meeting or submit text or video-based comments to the Republican website, please let us know how it goes and bring any questions as well to chapter@btvshalom.org! We will keep you posted about other grassroots opportunities to bring our message to the candidates.

Looking back:  2004 Party Platforms relating to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Democratic Party:

The Democratic Party is fundamentally committed to the security of our ally Israel and the creation of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors. Our special relationship with Israel is based on the unshakable foundation of shared values and a mutual commitment to democracy, and we will ensure that under all circumstances, Israel retains the qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.

Under a Democratic Administration, the United States will demonstrate the kind of resolve to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that President Clinton showed. We will work to transform the Palestinian Authority by promoting new and responsible leadership, committed to fighting terror and promoting democracy. We support the creation of a democratic Palestinian state dedicated to living in peace and security side by side with the Jewish State of Israel. The creation of a Palestinian state should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel. Furthermore, all understand that it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949. And we understand that all final status negotiations must be mutually agreed.

Republican Party:

The Republican Party shares President Bush's commitment to the security of America's democratic ally Israel and the safety of the Israeli people. We remain committed to ensuring that Israel maintains a qualitative edge in defensive technology over any potential adversaries.

We believe that terror attacks against Israelis are part of the same evil as the September 11, 2001, attacks against America. We recognize Israel's right to defend itself in the face of homicide bombings and other attacks against the people of Israel.

We support President Bush's vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. However, as he observed in his remarks of June 24, 2002, for such a vision to become a reality, Palestinians need a new leadership, not compromised by terror. Like all other people, Palestinians deserve a government that serves their interests and listens to their voices. If Palestinians embrace democracy and the rule of law, confront corruption, and firmly reject terror, they can count on American support for the creation of a Palestinian state. The Bush Administration has been clear about the obligations of Arab nations in achieving peace in the Middle East.

Republicans agree with President Bush that Israel's plan to remove all settlements from Gaza and several settlements from the West Bank is a courageous step toward peace in the face of continuing terrorist violence. This initiative can stimulate progress toward peace as laid out in the Road Map launched by President Bush.

Republicans commend the government of Israel for its desire to pursue peace, even in the face of continuing terrorist attacks. This is demonstrated by steps Israel has taken, such as removing unauthorized outposts and improving the humanitarian situation by easing restrictions on the movement of Palestinians not engaged in terrorist activities.

Republicans agree with President Bush's assessment that an agreed, just, fair, and realistic framework for a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue, as part of any final status agreement, will need to be found through the establishment of a Palestinian state and the settling of Palestinian refugees there, rather than in Israel. We also share the President's view that as part of a final peace settlement, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949. All previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities. Republicans continue to support moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital, Jerusalem.

View a list of all major political party platforms from 1840 to 2004.


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