Americans for Peace Now (APN) today commended Secretary of State John Kerry for his powerful speech advocating Israeli-Palestinian peace.
APN's President and CEO DeLee said:
"For too long, politicians and members of our own community's leadership have given lip-service to the two-state solution, while failing to appreciate the costs of the status quo or, worse yet, taking refuge in the hollow cliché that states, 'we can't want peace more than the parties.' Yesterday, Secretary of State Kerry powerfully reminded all of us what is at stake if the two-state is solution is lost: Israel's security and its very future as a democracy and a thriving Jewish state.
"We commend Secretary Kerry for addressing head-on the pretexts seized by those who are afraid of peace or opposed to it. We agree with him that it is time to stop making excuses. It is time to stop allowing skepticism and cynicism to trump rational, clear-eyed analysis and policies grounded in the vital interests of both Israel and the United States. Kerry correctly underscored the urgency of the moment, noting that if progress is not achieved in the near term, the opportunity for peace may be lost, and both peoples will be sentenced to ever-increasing conflict for the coming decades. Perhaps as important, he also laid out a moving vision for a future of Israel living in peace and security with its neighbors, enjoying the economic, political, and diplomatic fruits of peace.
"APN commends Kerry for his wise vision. We proudly declare that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him in his efforts to achieve peace. We call on our colleagues and friends at American Jewish organizations across the political spectrum to do the same. We urge them to let Israelis and Americans - the people and their leaders - know that they too stand with President Obama and Secretary Kerry in their efforts to finally break the impasse and achieve the two-state solution. We urge leaders in the organized American Jewish community to publicly and vocally act on Kerry's call to 'send a message...that you are behind this hopeful vision of what can be. Let your leaders and your neighbors alike know that you understand this will be a tough process with tough decisions and that you are ready to back the leaders who make them.'"
APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests.
For the full text of Secretary Kerry's speech, click here