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Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:35:35 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Senate Resolution 203 is Dangerous for Israel and America

Americans for a Safe Israel
 
Americans For a Safe Israel
Tel: 212-828-2424; 800-235-3658; Fax: 212-828-4538
Mark Langfan, Chairman
Contact: Helen Freedman, Executive Director
August 2, 2013

 

 

 

 
 
Dear Members, Friends and Conservative pro-Israel Activists:
 
 From: Eytan Laor - 561.315.9700 - American Principles - www.americanprinciples.org
 
Senate Resolution 203 has been introduced by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) seeking to endorse the Obama/Kerry "peace process." (The resolution is attached.) 

 
Here is the conclusion and call to action at the outset of this email:
 
SENATE REPUBLICANS MUST OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION AND NOT PROVIDE A SINGLE VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITS PASSAGE.
 
PLEASE CONTACT SENATE REPUBLICANS OR THEIR STAFF IMMEDIATELY AND SHARE THIS EMAIL: 202-224-3121

The threatening and biased policy statements contained in the "whereas" declarations of the resolution should deter any friend of Israel from signing on. Here is a specific breakdown of the troubling points contained in the resolution.
 
  • "A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel's survival as a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people." This statement is false on several levels:
a. The term "Two-State Solution" is inherently misleading in that Israel is already a state.  Its legitimacy is not dependent upon the creation of a 23rd Arab state.
 
b. This proclamation attempts to create conflict between Israel's Jewish and democratic characteristics. Israel has not only survived but thrived as the secure, democratic homeland of the Jewish People for 65 years without conceding territory for the creation of a 23rd Arab state.
 
c. The conflict has been further aggravated over the last two decades by such attempts to prevent consideration of any other viable alternatives that might satisfy both parties.
 
  • "A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own." 
This statement is also false. It assumes that territory and the creation of a 23rd Arab state to be called Palestine is the motivation and therefore endpoint of the conflict. The true aspiration of the Palestinian-Arab people, as confirmed by vast amounts of public polling data, is to see Israel wiped off the map. A 2007 poll showed that 75% of Palestinian-Arabs don't think Israel has a right to exist.[1] A 2008 poll showed that only 13% of Palestinian-Arabs support educating their children for peace.[2] Polling conducted in 2010 informs us that 85% of Palestinian-Arabs don't want peace if it involves any compromise on borders, settlements, Jerusalem or the Israel-destroying 'right of return'.[3] Finally, a July 2011 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion found that 73% of Palestinian-Arabs believe in the Islamic verse quoted in Article 7 of the Hamas Charter, which calls for the murder of all Jewish people everywhere.[4]
 
The falsehood of this statement is further reinforced by ignoring the connection of the Palestinian-Arabs to Jordan, a state in which 85% of the population identifies with the same Arab bloc as the "Palestinians."  Palestinian-Arab leadership, including Mahmoud Abbas, have often repeated that they desire a confederation with Jordan, thus highlighting Jordan's ability to fulfill the national and political aspirations of the Palestinian-Arabs. Creating another Palestinian-Arab state at Israel's expense is NOT the only option.
 

"Achievement of a two-state solution that would enhance stability and security in the Middle East is a fundamental United States security interest."

This statement falsely suggests that the creation of a Palestinian-Arab state at Israel's expense would be in the security interest of the U.S. In fact, it is strictly Israel's stability and security that is the interest of the U.S. Israel has repeatedly highlighted the existential threat that would be posed by the "Auschwitz Borders," which describes the indefensible 1949-1967 armistice line that the Palestinian-Arabs and President Obama have demanded Israel retreat to. Furthermore, it also relies upon the false notion that a Palestinian-Arab state, if created, would not be hostile toward the U.S. when, in fact, Territory controlled by the Palestinian-Arabs has proven to be among the world's most fertile breeding grounds for Jihadist activity. Hatred of America prevails throughout Palestinian-Arab society, as witnessed by anyone who turned on the TV and watched the celebrations there on 9/11.
 
This statement is also misleading. It suggests that Israel is a source of instability and insecurity in the Middle East. To the contrary, events around the region prove that this is not the case. Islamist-driven uprisings in Libya, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere are completely unrelated to the absence of a would-be 23rd Arab state ("Palestine"). This fact was also proven in the Wikileaks disclosure scandal, where it was revealed that Iran and not Israel is viewed by most Arab states as the greatest source of instability and insecurity.
 
  • "While only the parties themselves can make the difficult choices necessary to end their conflict, the United States remains indispensable to any viable effort to achieve that goal."
 
Numerous reports are now indicating that threats and undue influence are being exerted upon Israel by Secretary Kerry and the Obama Administration. These reports suggest that as recently as Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu was forced to lead his cabinet into agreeing to the "goodwill gesture" of releasing 104 terrorist-murderers, despite the warnings of his national security (Shin Bet) head and in defiance of the 85% super-majority of Israelis who opposed the action. Though under-reported in our media, the U.S. is being roundly criticized by Israeli ministers and members of the Knesset for exerting such pressure, even from within the Prime Minister's own Likud party:
 
 
b) MK Miri Regev (Likud)"Just as the Americans guard their honor, so we must guard our national honor, and respect the families of the victims. It's unthinkable that we release prisoners, murderers, terrorists who murdered innocent Israeli citizens, before we even sit down to talk."
 
c) Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) apologizes to victims families for previously suggesting that Israel would not give in to American pressure to release terrorists.
 
d) MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi)"It isn't moral to release murderers. It isn't safe to release murderers... Has the United States ever released murderers as a concession to terrorism?"
 
e) MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi): "The government forgot why we are here and how to stay here. It started with giving in to terror in the Shalit deal and continues with surrendering to the Americans. For what?" - "America is a strong country that knows how to stand up for its interests, but when America demands that we release murderers that killed children, and soldiers and elderly people and mothers, we're stupid, give in to terror and to [PA Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas."
 
ISRAEL'S SECURITY AND LEGAL SYSTEM ARE BEING UNDERMINED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.
 
Israel's U.S. supporters need to be made aware of the extent to which President Obama is fleecing Israel's sovereignty and security. This recognition particularly applies to Republicans, who believe in the principles of peace through strength and the rule of law.
 
Republican Senators should use this analysis and critique of the Feinstein resolution to openly and vocally oppose this harmful policy statement. Consistent with their we'll-established pro-Israel track record, perhaps the most important thing that Republicans can do now to support Israel is to speak out strongly in favor of Israel's right to determine its own future, and against any and all attempts to pressure Israel into concessions that violate the will of her government and people. 
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AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL suggests that you call Diane Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, 202-224-3841; Mr. Kaine, on the Foreign Relations Committee: 202-224-4024; Mr. Heinrich, on the Select Intelligence Committee, 202-224-5521, and inform them that their Resolution 203 is endangering both Israel and America - that they have only to read the statements of Mahmoud Abbas to know that the only aspirations that he expresses have to do with the destruction of Israel, America's only reliable ally in the Middle East.
 

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