Security and Terror

May 1st, 2012

J Street unequivocally condemns all acts of terror and violence perpetrated by any state or any non-state actor against the State of Israel or its people.

A cornerstone of any peaceful resolution of the conflict and the two-state solution has to be the fulfillment of Palestinian security obligations and the cessation of terror. J Street condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza by Hamas and other entities at Israeli civilians – and recognizes the fundamental right of Israel to take action to prevent and address acts of terror and violence.

J Street will support efforts to hold the Palestinians to their commitments to prevent terror and violence that target Israel and its citizens. We believe that President Obama and Members of Congress are correct to—as J Street itself does– call on the Palestinians to fully comply with their obligations to crack down on violence and incitement.

Robust and verifiable security arrangements are essential to any future peace agreements – this includes not only a future Israeli-Palestinian treaty, but also future treaties with Syria and Lebanon. In this context, and if requested to do so by the parties, the US should positively examine the option of being part of an international deployment to oversee and support the implementation of security understandings, a role the US successfully played as part of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

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