Washington, DC - Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) today urged Israel's government to reverse its apparent intention to adopt portions of a report that seeks to legitimize Israeli settlements in the West Bank and to legalize West Bank "outposts," which were built in violation of Israeli law.
Following reports in the Israeli media that Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed his aides to prepare a motion for the government to adopt parts of the report, APN warns that adopting recommendations of the so-called "Levy Report" and making other populist moves to woo settlers and right-wing voters in this election season, might critically jeopardize efforts to implement the two-state solution and thus harm key national security interests of both Israel and the United States.
APN's president and CEO, Debra DeLee said: "The U.S. and Israel have a shared interest in implementing a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By adopting portions of a report that states that Israel is not occupying the West Bank - a report that that seeks legal justifications for more settlement construction and for legalizing illegal construction, the government of Israel would be slamming the door in the face of the two state solution."
"As we know from past experience, election campaign seasons, such as the one now in full swing in Israel, are a time in which politicians often pander to voters. We are not surprised by nationalistic bravado. But taking steps that complicate future peacemaking, such as adopting a report that runs contrary to efforts toward a territorial compromise between Israelis and Palestinians, causes real harm to both Israel and the United States."
For more about the Levy Commission Report and the risks it poses to Israel and the US, click here: http://peacenow.org/entries/back_room_analysis_on_the_levy_report#.UIAqmMXA9X0