With the procedural discussions behind us, and with formal negotiations for Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Partners for Progressive Israel expresses its appreciation for the efforts of the many leaders – from Israel, Palestine, the US, the EU, the Arab League and elsewhere – who have created this new opportunity for diplomacy. With nine months allotted to these talks, we praise Secretary of State Kerry for fixing a specific timeframe for the tough decisions to be made and a long-awaited final-status agreement to be concluded. We look forward with anticipation to the May 2014 target date.
Partners for Progressive Israel reiterates its strong support for a negotiated two-state solution in order to end the occupation that began in 1967 and achieve a lasting and secure Israeli-Palestinian peace. Nonetheless, negotiations cannot be an end in themselves, and Israel’s government would be foolhardy to ignore the growing restlessness in world capitals over the unending occupation. As President Obama already observed more than two years ago, “the international community is tired of an endless process that never produces an outcome.”