J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, commends Secretary of State John Kerry for his tireless efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
With those efforts at a critical juncture, J Street urges the Administration to remain steadfast in its active leadership of the effort to reach a two-state resolution to the conflict.
As the Administration weighs its next steps, J Street calls on the Secretary to put forward publicly an American framework for a two-state solution, which we believe should reflect the principles outlined below, and to ask both parties to continue talks on that basis.
We believe that fairly and impartially stating the US view on resolving the core issues of the conflict could be an important step to keep the prospects of reaching an agreement alive.
We know from polling that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians would support an agreement based on the principles outlined below. International support could be rallied behind such a statement of principles, and it would have the support of a majority of Americans and American Jews in particular.
Taking such a step might also encourage the politicians on both sides not to allow yet another historic opportunity to slip away.
President Obama himself declared in his speech in Jerusalem in 2013 that political leaders only take risks when pushed by their people to do so. And Secretary Kerry has called on Israelis, Palestinians and Americans to join a “great constituency for peace.”
Now is the time to inspire public support for this effort by putting forth a set of actual principles and specific requirements.
J Street recommends that an American statement of principles be based on the following elements:
It’s time for a US framework!
Add your name: Secretary Kerry, we commend you on your tireless efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. With those efforts at a critical juncture, we urge you to put forward a set of American parameters for resolving the core issues of the conflict.