Does John McCain support a two-state solution?

September 4th, 2008

For the last decade, the United States has supported resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated agreement leading to two states living side by side in peace and security.

Does John McCain support the two-state solution? As of this moment, we honestly don't know.

Not once during this campaign season have we been able to find John McCain committing to supporting, let alone promoting, a two-state solution.  For a guy who's running for President based on his reputation for straight talk and foreign policy credentials, the lack of a clear answer to this straightforward question is even more surprising.

As John McCain accepts the Republican nomination for President this week, we're asking him to clarify his position. Will you help us get a straight answer? Click here to demand straight talk from John McCain on his support for Israel and the two-state solution.

We have good reason to be concerned about John McCain's views on Israel. He has actively pursued the support of those who oppose a two-state solution on the evangelical right like Pastor John Hagee and notorious right-wing Jewish financier Sheldon Adelson, who has committed to raising up to $250,000 for McCain's campaign. [1]

And it's not like he hasn't had the opportunity to clarify his stance during this long campaign.  Each time that he could have clarified his stance on the two-state solution this campaign season, he's avoided making clear statement. [2][3][4]

For a candidate who promotes straight talk and claims foreign policy judgment, the lack of clarity on an issue of such importance to U.S. interests is troubling. Does John McCain actually believe in the far right's vision of settlement expansion and unending conflict for Israel?  Does he really believe it's in Israel's interests to deny the Palestinian people a state of their own?

With the media spotlight on McCain during the Republican National Convention, this is a perfect opportunity for him to clarify where he stands on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

If enough of us demand an answer from McCain, he'll either show his true colors as an opponent of the two-state solution, or he'll help us put the far-right's anti-two state views where they really belong - out of the mainstream of American politics.

A two-state solution provides the framework to secure Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and to create a viable state for the Palestinian people. It has been the consensus position of the U.S. Government for the past 10 years and over 70% of American Jews believe it is the best way to provide real peace and security for Israel and the whole region. [5]

Senator McCain must clarify his position on a two-state solution. Please take a moment to send his campaign by clicking the link above.

[1] "Fundraising Disclosure:Fundraisers Who Are Raising $50,000 and More for the McCain Campaign, or for 2008 Joint Fundraising Committees (which include the Campaign and Party Committees)," Accessed on September 2, 2008.

[2] "McCain on Israel, Iran and the Holocaust," by Jeffrey Goldberg. The Atlantic. May 30, 2008.

[3] "RJC's 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum." Republican Jewish Coalition. October 17, 2007.

[4] "Remarks By John McCain at AIPAC." June 2, 2008.

[5] "American Jews Defy Conventional Wisdom On Israel and the Middle East." J Street Survey of American Jewish Community. July 16, 2008.