TEL AVIV, Israel — In reaction to today’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace called for a more immediate implementation of the policies necessary to ensure a Jewish-majority democratic state of Israel.
“While we welcome the discussion between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on confidence-building measures and regional cooperation during today’s meeting, it unfortunately did not go far enough,” said Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. “It is past time to acknowledge this truth: The creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state is not a gift to the Palestinians. Rather, a two-state solution is the only way to ensure a secure, Jewish and democratic state of Israel. We must do more to work together to do everything in our power to secure the Zionist dream for generations to come.”
Today, the Center addressed the prime minister directly in a campaign in The New York Times: “In a few more years, it will be too late. The Zionist dream of a Jewish state will be lost. Mr. Prime Minister, listen to your people, they want to live in a Jewish state, not half-Jewish, half-Arab – you can make it happen.”
“A two-state solution is the only way to ensure Israel’s survival,” said S. Daniel Abraham, chairman of the Center. “The status quo will lead to Israeli Jews being a minority in their own land by the year 2020; at such time Israel could no longer be both a democracy and a Jewish state. Israel faces a serious demographic threat, and has to make a choice: Will it be one binational state, or a Jewish, democratic state living in peace side by side with a demilitarized Palestinian state.”
Last week, Mr. Wexler testified before the U.S. Senate on the urgent need to ensure a Jewish-majority democratic state of Israel. Also last week, the Center launched a campaign, One State or Two, beginning in The New York Times and calling the status quo “the great existential threat” to the existence of Israel as a secure, Jewish and democratic state.
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