Florida House, Senate Pass Troubling Resolutions Regarding Israel

March 12th, 2012

J Street is concerned about nearly identical resolutions regarding Israel that were passed by the Florida House and Senate last week. Those who voted for the resolutions thinking they were simply expressing straightforward support for Israel probably had little clue that the language they endorsed contains the seeds of Israel's destruction as a democratic state and Jewish homeland. Keeping "the entirety of the land" under Israeli control and granting all those who live there democratic rights ("one law for all people") is actually the agenda of those who seek a "one-state solution" - a binational state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, better thought of as the end of Israel as we know it. With the demographic data clearly telling us that the number of non-Jews will exceed the number of Jews over time, the formula passed by the Florida legislature leads inexorably to the eradication of Israel as a democratic national home for the Jewish people. These Florida resolutions are good examples of what it looks like to hug a friend so tightly that you unintentionally suffocate him. We urge both chambers of the Florida Legislature to revoke these egregiously-misguided resolutions and to support the only route to Israel being both Jewish and democratic – a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.