Pricey Ambassador Friedman,
We, each Israelis and Palestinians, are members of the editorial board of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a joint quarterly issued in East Jerusalem for the previous three many years. Our purpose is to advertise dialogue based mostly upon equality, mutual recognition and respect and supply mental impetus to the peace camp in each nations. We’re unanimously dedicated to the two-state paradigm as articulated in UN Safety Council Decision 2334 of December 2016, which was handed by a vote of 14 in favor, together with 4 everlasting members, with the USA abstaining. The passage of the decision commits all UN member states, together with the US, to unanimous help for the two-state answer.
We’re gravely involved by the diplomatic conduct of the Trump administration relating to worldwide commitments undertaken by former US governments. Specifically, these embody the US recognition of Israel’s unlawful declare to sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights and East Jerusalem; your current statements asserting Israel’s “proper” to annex components of the West Financial institution; and the help your remarks acquired from Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s Center East envoy. Such statements prejudice any future peace negotiations in Israel’s favor.
The administration you signify has accomplished immeasurable injury to any honest compromise that will result in the belief of the two-state answer based mostly on the internationally accepted parameters: the creation of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel based mostly on the Inexperienced Line (the June 4, 1967, ceasefire traces) with negotiated and mutually agreed-upon land swaps; West Jerusalem because the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem because the capital of Palestine; the termination of the occupation; and the secession of all human rights violations.
The annexation of territory conquered by conflict is a violation of worldwide legislation — pure and easy. It’s unconscionable that the US, which since its inception has been a pillar of freedom and democracy for the Western world, is flouting the very rules it has fought to uphold all through its historical past. This method can also be not in the most effective pursuits of the Israeli folks, who want a sensible decision of the battle to ensure their long-term existence in peace and safety within the Center East.
We additionally protest the current statements of Jared Kushner, the White Home senior adviser, alleging that the Palestinians are incapable of operating their very own affairs. Such condescending remarks remind us of the claims of the Afrikaner leaders relating to the black majority in South Africa through the apartheid period. We’re equally outraged by your brazen statements in help of the settlement enterprise and the entrenchment of Israel’s unlawful occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The so-called “deal of the century” by Kushner and the Trump administration will likely be stillborn, as a result of it’s certainly a deal, not a peace plan, and it’s based mostly on the idea that the Palestinians could be coerced into promoting out their nationwide aspirations for a better way of life. We, each Israelis and Palestinians, imagine this method exposes the ignorance of the Kushner workforce, which is ignoring the confirmed steadfastness of the Palestinian folks and their justified refusal to just accept something lower than independence.
The US proposal is doomed to failure, and each the Israeli and Palestinian peoples will endure the implications of the despair that it has sown. The Palestinians have to be free of the yoke of Israeli domination via the creation of an impartial state alongside the state of Israel. Till this occurs, Israel will proceed to be a pariah within the area. The way forward for the Israeli folks is inextricably linked to that of the Palestinians, and Israel will expertise true liberation solely when Palestine is liberated.
As longstanding peace activists, our goal in publishing this open letter is to clarify that the reprehensible statements and actions of your administration is not going to go unchallenged. We name on the worldwide neighborhood to totally implement UN Safety Council Decision 2334, together with the precept of differentiation relating to the settlements.
We attraction to all the world to acknowledge the state of Palestine and help the Palestinian rejection of the “deal of the century” and its first installment unveiled in Bahrain. We achieve this within the pursuits of the 2 peoples and out of our agency perception that true and lasting peace based mostly on the two-state answer, probably the most sensible and bonafide possibility, continues to be attainable.
Hillel Schenker and Ziad AbuZayyad
Co-Editors of the Palestine-Israel Journal
Editorial Board Members
Ali Abu Shahla, Adnan Abdelrazek, Daniel Bar-Tal, Ilan Baruch, Gershon Baskin, Susie Becher, Galia Golan, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Edward (Edy) Kaufman, Hind Khoury, Sam’an Khoury, Alon Liel, Meir Margalit, Moshe Maoz, Benjamin Pogrund, Danny Rubinstein, Izhak Schnell, Hanna Siniora and Ata Qaymari
*[This text was initially printed on The Occasions of Israel’s weblog.]
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