Stop Annexation

A collection of statements from American Jewish organizations on annexation.

“The result of annexing the West Bank would be the creation of one state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River in which there would be, if not a majority Palestinian population, at the very least something very close to it. This majority would either have equal rights to those of Israelis, threatening Israel’s Jewish character, or they would be kept as second class, non-voting citizens, which would threaten Israel’s democratic character.”
“It’s a moral and practical imperative for all supporters of Israel, regardless of their political stripes, to reject calls for unilateral annexation of any part of the West Bank. The only way to ensure Israel’s continued existence as a democracy and a Jewish state is through a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. “
“Annexation risks the possibility of Israel ever reaching peace with the Palestinians. It will jeopardize Israel’s peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt, and will turn Israel into an international pariah that perpetuates the occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians, and that thumbs its nose at international law and the international community.”
“Habonim Dror North America strongly condemns the Trump administration’s statement that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law. We understand this statement as a callous move towards annexation and incompatible with a path towards genuine peace.”
“Hashomer Hatzair World Movement is proud to be part of this global initiative of progressive Jewish and Zionist organisations which speak up and stand against the unilateral annexation of parts of the West-Bank by the Netanyahu government as planned in the Trump plan.”
“Netanyahu and Gantz are moving forward with their annexation plan knowing that it will destroy any chance of peace. It’s on our political and communal leaders to condemn this + offer material consequences if the Israeli government moves forward with this.”
“The coalition agreement signed by Likud and Kachol Lavan explicitly allows for unilateral annexation of West Bank territory and application of Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements to begin on July 1… We hope that the new Israeli government closely examines the potential consequences of unilateral annexation and the deleterious impact it will have on Israeli security and diplomacy…”
“As pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, we believe that annexation would severely imperil Israel’s future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, along with the future of the US-Israel relationship. It would likely be accompanied by efforts to reshape Israel’s judiciary and legal code in order to enshrine a non-democratic system denying full citizenship to Palestinian residents of the West Bank.”
“Working men and women on both sides of the Green Line will not have their lives improved by annexation of land by the State of Israel – on the contrary, such moves will embitter many of those most directly affected, and make any fair, just, and mutually agreed-upon resolution all the more difficult.”
“Any step to unilaterally impose Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian people and territory in the West Bank is a step away from the two-state vision and toward the formalization of two separate and unequal legal systems.”
“…we are stating loudly and clearly that unilaterally annexing lands is in direct opposition to the promise of a negotiated two-state solution, peace, and a democratic future for Israel. In the search for an end to cycles of violence and a future in which all peoples can thrive, we stand together with our Israeli feminist partner organizations in calling for fair and just diplomatic solutions that foster both security and also respect and dignity for all involved and for generations to come.”
“Such a move would spell the end of the hope of Palestinian self-determination and the two-state solution. It would be an existential threat to – and perhaps even a death knell for – Israeli democracy.”
“We continue to oppose unilateral territorial annexation on the part of the Israeli government, and we remain committed to a just, democratic, and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians within a framework of two states for two peoples.”
“T’ruah reiterates our opposition to annexation, and our commitment to a negotiated agreement, and calls on Netanyahu and Gantz to cease planning for annexation.”
“We also call on this new government to refrain from unilateral actions that could potentially hinder or thwart the renewal of the peace process in the short and long term, especially unilateral annexation.”

Joint Statements

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