Peace in the Middle East

Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 5:04 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014 - 1:14 pm

The past week's setbacks in the quest for peace between Israel and Palestinians highlight the need for more, not less, involvement by the United States in brokering a peace agreement. The Sacramento J Street chapter supports a two-state solution to the conflict. We call on Secretary of State John Kerry to present the parties a roadmap to peace, following these principles: * Borders based on pre-1967 lines with limited, agreed-upon land swaps. * Robust security provisions and guarantees. * Compensation to Israeli settlers who relocate to Israel. * Options for Palestinian refugees: settlement in the future Palestine or third countries, compensation and a symbolic level of family reunification in Israel. * Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem as the capitals of Israel and the future state of Palestine. Holy sites protected under international law and accessible to all. * Recognition of the right of each people to statehood.

-- Brian Landsberg, Sacramento

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