YOUNG ISRAEL MOVEMENT URGES U.S. TO RETHINK “TWO-STATE SOLUTION” POLICY; CALLS PROPOSAL “UNTENABLE AND UNFEASIBLE”
Launches Grass Roots Effort Aimed At Shifting U.S. Approach Towards Israel And The Palestinians
See Also: Reexamining Two-State Solution
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today urged American political leaders to reconsider its “two-state solution” policy with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The NCYI also announced that they are initiating a grass roots effort intended to enlighten U.S. leaders as to the dangers of advocating for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. The National Council of Young Israel’s actions come in the wake of recent statements by U.S. diplomatic leaders which signal that the United States intends to aggressively pursue a “two-state solution” as a prerequisite to peace in the region.
NCYI President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq. questioned the logic of putting forth a proposal that is virtually certain to fail. He cited a number of outstanding issues that essentially preclude the furtherance of any peace talks prior to them being addressed and resolved.
For example, Mostofsky pointed to the fact that the Palestinian Authority’s Chief Justice recently reminded Palestinians that selling land to Jews is considered “high treason,” a crime that carries with it a death sentence. In fact, numerous Palestinians have been put to death over the years for allegedly selling property to Jews. “It is unfathomable to engage in any serious discussion about peace while the Palestinians’ longstanding racist policy of equating selling land to a Jew with a death sentence remains in effect,” said Mostofsky. “We question how the United States could decide to engage in direct interaction with a regime that advocates a housing policy which undermines all of the protections that America’s fair housing policies expressly seek to preserve for its own citizenry.”
Mostofsky also cited the ongoing saga involving Israeli MIA Gilad Shalit as a barrier to any peace agreement. “So long as the Palestinians continue to use this young man’s life as a bargaining chip, their assertion that they are interested in peace is absolutely meaningless,” said Mostofsky. “Until Gilad Shalit is unconditionally released and reunited with his family, the prospect of peace is a mere fantasy.”
Source: National Council Young Israel