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Israeli lawmakers to Congress: two-state solution far more dangerous to Israel than BDS

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On August 12, Twenty-one Israeli lawmakers sent a letter to members of Congress criticizing a bill that condemned the boycott of Israel because it endorsed a two-state solution.

House Resolution 246 (H.Res.246) overwhelmingly passed in the House last month, with just 17 members voting against it. The resolution condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, identifying it as a roadblock in the quest for a two-state solution. “We would like to make our position clear that the establishment of a Palestinian state would be far more dangerous to Israel than BDS,” the letter reads. Signatories include Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (United Right), Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter (Likud), and MK Gideon Sa’ar (Likud).

The letter is addressed to the cosponsors of the bill–Rep. Brad Schneider (D-CO) , Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), all of whom are staunchly pro-Israel. According to The Jerusalem Post, Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan helped develop the letter. Dagan has even criticized The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for promoting a two-state solution. “Unfortunately, in the last few years, AIPAC is independently advancing the two-state solution,” he told the paper, “AIPAC portrays the two-state concept as an Israeli interest to elected officials in America and as the official position of the Israeli government, even though this is untrue. The two-state concept is not the policy of the current government coalition, nor is it stated as policy in the agreements between the coalition partners. Furthermore, this is not the policy of the Trump administration, which has even removed it from the National Security Strategic Report.”

AIPAC lobbied for the House to pass H.Res.246 and referred to it as a “top priority” on their website. “It’s ironic that Israeli right-wingers are blaming AIPAC for pro-two state solution language in the recently passed congressional resolution opposing the Global BDS Movement,” tweeted J Street’s Dylan Williams, “because AIPAC tried really hard to strip out that language before introduction (and obviously failed).”

The letter also asserts that the resolution impedes the objectives of the Trump administration. “Pressure to establish a Palestinian state contradicts President Trump’s position, which he has stated many times — that the solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict shall be determined by the parties,” it reads. It declares that a Palestinian state would “undoubtedly be a dysfunctional terrorist state.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was the only Republican to vote against the resolution. On Twitter, he shared the aforementioned Jerusalem Post article and wrote, “I took some heat for being the only Republican to vote NAY on this bill. I stand by my vote. 21 members of the Israeli Knesset had an issue with this bill, because they read it too.”

When asked about the letter by Jewish Insider, a spokesperson for Rep. Zeldin said, “The Congressman supports a strong U.S.-Israel partnership. The text of the resolution as it relates to negotiated peace on the ground in and around Israel is entirely consistent with longstanding policy. That part of the resolution was not new.”

“Whatever one’s views on BDS, the idea that it’s more deserving of censure than an Israeli occupation whose intended purpose is to prevent a [two-state solution] is obviously absurd,” tweeted Bernie Sanders foreign policy advisor Matt Duss in response to the letter, “But that’s Congress for you. In closing, anti-BDS hysteria is a con and Democrats should stop being suckers.”

Michael Arria

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  1. eljay on August 13, 2019, 1:09 pm

    … The letter … declares that a Palestinian state would “undoubtedly be a dysfunctional terrorist state.” …

    That’s entirely unfair. There’s no reason to believe that a Palestinian state can’t be as oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist as Israel.

    • Misterioso on August 14, 2019, 10:01 am

      @eljay, et al

      As I see it, by rejecting both the “two state” and “one state” solutions, the Zionists have painted themselves into a corner. Remember, from its inception, the basic thrust of Zionism was to dispossess and expel, if not all, the vast majority of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs from their ancient homeland. 800,000 were driven out between late 1947 and early 1949 as well as 25,000 just before and during Israel’s 1956 invasion of Egypt and over 200,000 during the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967. Well, millions of Palestinians are still living between the River and the Sea and given their high birth rate, the undeniable decline in Jewish immigration and increasing emigration, they will soon outnumber Jews. A second Nakba is not in the cards.

      • eljay on August 14, 2019, 1:11 pm

        || Misterioso: … As I see it, by rejecting both the “two state” and “one state” solutions, the Zionists have painted themselves into a corner. … millions of Palestinians are still living between the River and the Sea and given their high birth rate, the undeniable decline in Jewish immigration and increasing emigration, they will soon outnumber Jews. A second Nakba is not in the cards. ||

        I hope you’re right, but I wouldn’t put it past Zionists and their “Jewish State” construct to squeeze the non-Jews under their control hard enough to cause a massive rebellion which the “Jewish State” would then be “justified” in crushing using “necessary evil” options like severe oppression, mass deportations / ethnic cleansing, torture and mass-murder.

    • genesto on August 14, 2019, 1:05 pm

      As I see it, this statement is just a reflection of the Arab racism inherent in Zionism. AS the thinking goes, if Arabs are too dangerous, or simply too inferior, to share power in Israel, then how could you expect them to be able to govern themselves properly?

      Sound familiar?

  2. gamal on August 13, 2019, 6:46 pm

    “On August 12, Twenty-one Israeli lawmakers sent a letter to members of Congress criticizing a bill that condemned the boycott of Israel because it endorsed a two-state solution”

    A poster at a site I visit has been to hear Mazin Qumsiyeh who is I think touring the UK here are his impressions

    ” I posted over a week ago that I went to hear Mazin speak at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester. I raised a point at the end of his talk that Palestinian rights hold a special and unique place at the heart of British politics because of Corbyn’s support. Hence the establishment and the Zionist supporters have joined forces to stop JC at all costs. No other European nation has this degree of involvement in Palestinian affairs.

    Like Mary, what impressed me most of all was Mazin’s calmness and equanimity in the face of Israel’s brutal intransigence. Myself, I would be spitting blood if I were in his position, railing against the oppression his people face on a daily basis.

    He told one story that nearly had everyone (me included) in tears. He was returning home on a coach trip with a group of young people — they might have been his students, I’m not sure. Mazin was upset by something they had witnessed on the trip and was looking and feeling very depressed.

    A young girl seated behind Mazin and his friend (I think he said she was 9 years old) saw how dejected he was and said, “Don’t be upset. We will win one day.” Mazin asked his friend about the girl and was told that her mother had been killed by Israeli soldiers a few weeks previously. He said then he began to realise that it was foolish and wrong-headed to hate his oppressors and that one had to think in the long-term of years and decades rather than days and months. That a grieving nine-year old girl could sustain such hope and belief changed his perspective.”

    scrabb

  3. brent on August 14, 2019, 1:45 am

    I’ve long believed Israel’s hysteria with security was a con and Palestinians bought into it at their own expense. If it were not a con, why would the boot stomp so hard on the neck? The ceasefires get broken.

    Now we have to consider that “anti-BDS hysteria” is another con and that works for Greater Israel. In my judgment, BDS, with its ambiguous demands, if not coupled with a campaign for freedom or equality, will work quite well for Greater Israel. Moral suasion is far more powerful than force in this public relations war.

  4. Marnie on August 14, 2019, 2:54 am

    I don’t know how much more time the universe, the gods, whoever, will allow the people of the earth to continue in this manner, destroying something (the earth) they had no hand in creating, killing its beautiful natural creatures it deems without a purpose or benefit (and in doing so displaying a breathtaking lack of ignorance regarding the fragile balance in nature) and last but not least, the continual murder of people who don’t look like the ‘superior race’, practice a faith that is misunderstood, devalued, disrespected and always used to defame and libel the innocent for the actions of a few. If there is intelligent life in a world beyond ours, please help us. The ones in charge are only interested in death and money.

  5. Elizabeth Block on August 14, 2019, 9:19 am

    Don’t you love the breach between AIPAC and the Israeli government? though if AIPAC tried to take that language out of the resolution, there’s no breach – but there is a loss of power by AIPAC, since they failed to get everything they wanted.
    And do the Israelis really still think a Palestinian state is possible? Such ignorance is to be expected from Americans, but not from Israelis. If they don’t, and I don’t see how they can, what are they really upset about? The possibility that American politicians see Palestinians as real people, with real rights?

    • gamal on August 14, 2019, 10:37 am

      “but there is a loss of power by AIPAC, since they failed to get everything they wanted”

      There seems to be a proliferations of “Jewish” organizations aiming to silence opponents of Zionism all in a perfect Ruritanian lather, the SJRC takes on Chris Williamson and ..

      “REVEALED: The proof that bullying, thuggery, and threats tried – and failed! – to “no-platform” socialist MP @DerbyChrisW in #Brighton #Hove: http://bit.ly/33rz7uG . This is more than McCarthyism; it is criminal. What has @peterkyle got to say now?”

      “A first rough draft of history: Chris Williamson MP in Brighton and Hove”
      Greg Hadfield

      As a journalist for more than 30 years, nobody knows better than me that all I can provide here is — as Philip Graham, the great Washington Post publisher once said — “a first rough draft of history that will never be completed about a world we can never really understand”.
      What I can promise, however, is this article is a forensic, dispassionate, and well-evidenced account of the background to the recent controversial visit of Chris Williamson MP, the socialist MP for Derby North.
      What it does not do is discuss why Mr Williamson was recently suspended — then unsuspended, then suspended again — by the Labour Party.
      Disciplinary processes within the party are confidential and anyone who has gone through the process and maintained their membership throughout— as I have — should be regarded as innocent until proven otherwise. Cases are not judged in the court of mob rule — even when the “mob” comprises high-profile Labour MPs.
      Importantly, Mr Williamson faces no accusation or sanction from his parliamentary colleagues — as even his worst and most vocal colleagues concede.
      I am certain this will not be the final draft of what happened in a shameful two weeks in the history of politics in Brighton and Hove. The next chapter should be about action by Sussex Police.
      ____
      Where to begin?

      https://medium.com/@GregHadfield/a-first-rough-draft-of-history-chris-williamson-mp-in-brighton-and-hove-ec4549714127

      • Bumblebye on August 14, 2019, 2:04 pm

        I read that yesterday, posted by Greg into a couple of fb groups. Pointed out in a comment that Skwawkbox had identified the author of the ‘direct action’ twitter threat – but hadn’t added that the person is an office holder in his local CLP.

        The ‘collective’ known as ‘Gnasher Jew’ has set up a fb page which is being used to demonise any and every Labour supporter/member who supports human rights for Palestinians. Scroll through some of their posts to see the grossest distortions, the weakest insinuations (a ‘like’ on a post GJ deems ‘antisemitic’? Really?!). They trawl back years, which means they have time and resources at their disposal (wonder where from?).

  6. gamal on August 14, 2019, 2:55 pm

    ‘Gnasher Jew’ …?

    “They trawl back years, which means they have time and resources at their disposal”

    there is even now a lachrymose present for Labour Jewry courtesy of the SJRC, Representative Committee I mean really, with their complaint that Jews in the Labour Party have undergone years of slurs and baiting and discrimination…… while now from their subaltern state they disable the whole party and expel well known members via a rigged complaint procedure all in plain sight, few of the lower orders have such unchallenged power, on the saga and the crazy discourse go, it seems the whole political arena is being reduced to insane comedy, chaos, our consultative processes have effectively been vandalised and sabotaged, I dread what is being prepared for when all the laughter stops.

  7. James Canning on August 14, 2019, 6:10 pm

    Will these Israeli parliamentarians kindly tell the US Congress what is to be done with the many millions of non-Jews living in the occupied West Bank?

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