On June 19, Americans for Peace Now joined with nine other organizations in a Day of Action to advance resolutions in the Senate and in the House of Representatives that oppose annexation of the West Bank by Israel and support the two-state solution. The need for action remains.
Our coalition (APN, Ameinu, Hashomer Hatzair, J Street, Jewish Labor Committee, National Council of Jewish Women, New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel, Reconstructing Judaism, and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights) sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives urging them to bring to the House floor a H. Res. 326, a resolution that will put on record members of the House of Representatives as endorsing the two-state solution and repudiating Israeli annexation of the West Bank or parts of it. Over half of the House Democratic Caucus have already signed on as co-sponsors. It’s time that our representatives have an opportunity to debate and vote on this resolution.
In the Senate, a similar measure has recently been introduced. Senate Res. 234 gives the Senate a chance to push back against the Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of unilateral Israeli annexation of West Bank territory. Such annexation could destroy prospects for a two-state solution. By endorsing annexation, the Trump administration is encouraging a future of indefinite occupation and permanent conflict, which will threaten Israel’s character as a democracy and a national home for the Jewish people. Such a future would also deny Palestinians their right to national independence and sovereignty.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) introduced the new Senate resolution, which is co-sponsored by leading pro-Israel, pro-peace senators, including Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Diane Feinstein (CA), Dick Durbin (IL), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Tom Udall (NM), and Tina Smith (MN). The more senators that co-sponsor the measure, the more powerful the message to Trump and Netanyahu will be.