J Street believes the borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state will be based on the pre-1967 lines with limited, agreed-upon land swaps of equivalent size and quality, and therefore works in the meantime to protect the distinction in US law and policy between internationally-recognized Israel and the territory over the Green Line that it occupies.
How can Israel possibly withdraw to the “indefensible” 1967 Borders?
No agreement will involve Israel withdrawing to the pre-67 lines. Rather, the new border will be based on the 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps of equivalent size and quality. Moreover, any solution will be paired with guarantees for Israel to help ensure its security. As Brigadier General Shlomo Brom wrote in the Council for Peace and Security report on “Defensible Borders and Strategic Depth:” the formula of an agreement based on the 1967 lines with agreed upon land swaps is defensible in face of the relevant threats facing Israel today and in the future and that control of the Jordan Valley and the West Bank is irrelevant in responding to these threats.
Isn’t insisting on the distinction between Israel and the territories it controls by labeling products the same as BDS?
No. Labeling simply reflects, in law, in policy and fact, the distinction between Israel and the territories it controls. Maintaining the distinction between Israel and the West Bank helps bolster Israel’s legitimacy within the Green Line, which in turn can help combat the delegitimization movement.