Americans for Peace Now, J Street, T’ruah, Ameinu, New Israel Fund, Jewish Labor Committee, Partners for
Progressive Israel, Hashomer Hatzair, and National Council of Jewish Women welcome the reintroduction of
legislation to establish a Partnership Fund for Peace. The Fund will support people-to-people peacebuilding
programs, which play an important role in building connections, understanding, and reconciliation between Israelis
and Palestinians. It will also finance joint ventures between Palestinian companies and businesses in the United
States and Israel.
While we welcome the legislation, we are concerned about the political moment in which this legislation is being
introduced. It is increasingly clear that the Trump administration’s “peace” approach entails forcing the
Palestinians to give up on statehood in exchange for promises of economic development. Some may therefore read this
bill as endorsement of an “economic peace” approach.
We strongly emphasize that our endorsement of the Partnership Fund for Peace should not be read that way. As the
legislation states, a strengthened Palestinian economy and improved people-to-people ties are central to prospects
for a two-state solution. The converse is also true: a diplomatic solution and an end to occupation are essential
both to the growth of the Palestinian economy and to Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Economic development is no
substitute for a political agreement that will resolve the core issues driving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.