US Leadership in the Peace Process

May 1st, 2012

J Street believes that reaching a sustainable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is both a fundamental American interest and essential to the survival and security of Israel as a democracy and a national home for the Jewish people.

Unfortunately, time and political will in the region are in short supply, and it appears to many observers that the window of opportunity for achieving a two-state solution is rapidly closing. It is J Street’s position that the parties themselves have proven incapable of reaching a resolution to the conflict through direct, unmediated negotiations. This has been the lesson of the past two decades and of the efforts of even the best intentioned of national leaders.

Strong and active American leadership in the diplomatic process to help bridge gaps and forge compromises is therefore essential, as is placing the negotiations within a regional framework that attempts to reach a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel, all of its neighbors, and the broader Arab and Muslim worlds.

We support President Obama’s engagement on this issue, and his articulation of a “borders and security first” strategy to lead the conflict to a swift conclusion.

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