Applauds US House Resolution Calling For Negotiated Settlement
To Israel Palestine Conflict
Israel News Agency
Israel ---- December 16, 2010 ...... The following was partly
communicated by AIPAC to the Israel News Agency.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) supported
yesterdays passage of a US House resolution supporting a
negotiated settlement to the Israel Palestine conflict, while
discouraging efforts to circumvent that process.
resolution passed by voice vote," said a written statement
by AIPAC. "AIPAC supports the Houses call for a negotiated
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its strong opposition
to efforts to seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside
AIPAC quoted US President Barack Obama saying:The only path
to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is direct talks.
"Unfortunately, it has been three months since Palestinian
Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has been willing to sit
down, face-to-face with his Israel counterpart," said the
AIPAC statement. "Israel has proven it is prepared to make
significant sacrifices for a real
peace with its neighbors. But such an accord can only be reached
through sustained and direct talks."
AIPAC added: "We join the US House in support of the Obama
Administrations opposition to a unilateral declaration of
a Palestinian state and join it in calling on the US Administration
to persuade other nations to oppose such a declaration. AIPAC
commends the leadership of the sponsors of the resolution: House
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), Reps.
Ted Poe (R-TX), Shelley Berkley (DNV), Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
(R-FL), Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Dan Burton (R-IN)."
more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American
support remains strong. From a small pro-Israel public affairs
boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national
grassroots movement described by The New York Times as
"the most important organization affecting America's relationship
core of AIPAC's mission is building a base of citizen advocates
who team with AIPAC's professional staff to educate America's
elected officials, policy makers and opinion leaders.
is registered as a domestic lobby and supported financially by
private donations. The organization receives no financial assistance
from Israel, from any national organization or any foreign group.
AIPAC is not a political action committee. It does not rate, endorse
or contribute to candidates.
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