Why 2 States Now
"Beyond America's borders, we are also committed
to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more
peaceful and secure... That is why we are unyielding in our
support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of
Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and
--President Barack Obama, Ramadan
Message, August 21, 2009
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict has been the goal of the US government and
international community since the Clinton Administration, and is
widely understood to be the best resolution available, one that
would finally allow each people to develop fully and deal
effectively with each other. Even once firm opponents of the
notion, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
leader of Hamas Khaled Meshal, have moved from rejection to
guarded support (though it remains to be seen if either man's
ideas are consistent with the establishment of a durable,
independent Palestine, and the maintenance of a safe, secure
Earlier this month at its convention, the Fatah Party
officially endorsed two states. (The umbrella PLO to which it
belongs and dominates had adopted the principle more than two
decades ago.) In fact, the PLO was the first
quasi-governmental organization to endorse two states at a time
when it was still illegal for Israelis to meet with PLO
officials. For a history of the two state solution click
President Obama understands the urgent need to step
forward on two states, and is taking bold steps to realize such
an agreement as quickly as possible. In so doing, he is acting
in the long-term interests of Israel: to remain a democratic
Jewish state, and to live in peace and security.
Your Back on Two States, Mr. President pdf
"The only resolution is for the
aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where
Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security...That
is in Israel's interest, Palestine's interest, America's
interest, and the world's interest."
--President Barack Obama, June 4, 2009
There is today an international consensus that a
two-state solution is the only viable resolution of the
The clear consensus
around the world is that the most logical long-term resolution
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies in the establishment of
an independent Palestinian state living alongside a secure
Israel, each with clearly demarcated and internationally
recognized borders. Polls taken in the United States repeatedly
find that the majority of American Jews support such a solution,
and in June 2009, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
joined the long list of Israeli leaders publicly endorsing a
two-state solution. In response, Khaled Meshal, leader in exile
of Hamas, stated that Hamas "has accepted a Palestinian state on
the 1967 borders including East Jerusalem. This is Hamas's
program regardless of the historic documents," and in so
stating, echoed the Palestinian Authority's long-standing
endorsement of a two-state solution. Reflecting the official PLO
position, Fatah officially endorsed officially adopted the
principle of a two-state solution at its 2009 convention. Polls
of Israelis and Palestinians continue to show solid majorities
backing a negotiated agreement leading to a two-state resolution
of the conflict.
A two-state solution is essential to Israel's future
as a Jewish and democratic state.
reality is that, for Israel to remain democratic and still
retain its Jewish character, it cannot hold on to the occupied
territories indefinitely. The West Bank is home to over 2.5
million Palestinians, with well over a million living in Gaza.
It is only a matter of time, most experts agree, before Israeli
Jews become a minority in an Israel that stretches beyond the
The Jewish and Palestinian peoples both deserve to
realize the right to self-determination.
One of the
most powerful political ideologies of modernity is that of
self-determination, the notion that every national group has the
right to shape its destiny through its own political
institutions, rather than being ruled by others. Inspired by
these ideas, Jews reclaimed their identity as a nation in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries, just as Palestinian Arabs
were coming to similar conclusions about their own need for a
nation state. Both groups deserve to achieve national
self-determination, claimed as a right by peoples around the
world -- and neither is likely to accept a solution that would
deny them that right.
Time is of the essence for a two-state solution.
The prolonged stalemate in negotiations, ongoing
Israeli settlement expansion and settler violence, and
Palestinian incitement and violence has bred discouragement
among Israelis and Palestinians alike about the prospects for
peace. It's crucial that a two-state solution be achieved soon
-- the Obama administration's steadfast commitment will play a
vital role in getting the sides back on target, and moving
forward toward true peace.
President Obama dedicated himself to making a
two-state solution a priority from the very first day of his
In President Obama, Israel has a
stalwart ally, a leader committed to the ultimate goal of a
secure Jewish State living in peace with all of its neighbors.
The administration has committed resources, time, and its top
people to securing peace through a two-state
Obama" Fact Sheets
We've Got Your Back on Two States, Mr.
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Freeze, Mr. President pdf
We've Got Your Back as You Stand with Israel, Mr.
We've Got Your Back on Building Arab Support for
Peace, Mr. President pdf
We’ve Got Your Back on Palestinian
Accountability, Mr. President pdf
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace
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