Tell the Republican & Democratic Platform
Two-State Solution is a
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:
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
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
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
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
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