WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pushing for a two-state solution that will ensure Israel’s security and preserve its Jewish and democratic nature, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, D.C. launched a new campaign today in The New York Times and across targeted outlets. The campaign, Israel and the Palestinians: One State or Two?, is projected to continue well into next year, beginning with today’s launch in the Times recalling Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s legacy in military heroism and in fighting for lasting peace and security for Israel and the Jewish people.
Speaking on the significance of such a campaign, S. Daniel Abraham, chairman of the Center said, “Israelis, Palestinians and the international community are all in desperate need of a two-state solution. We know that we can only reach a lasting deal through international and regional cooperation, as well as direct negotiations. It is because of our love for Israel that we must understand the grave demographic threat to the Jewish, democratic state of Israel and realize that we have a choice to make — one state or two? The time to act is now.”
Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. As is highlighted in the New York Times today, Rabin — recognized as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his leadership in the Oslo Accords — noted that “separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” As a founding father and heroic Israeli military leader, the prime minister recognized that to preserve its Jewish and democratic nature, Israel must avoid becoming a binational state.
In speaking on the ratification of the “Israeli- Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” Rabin told Knesset, “We chose a Jewish state because we are convinced that a binational state with millions of Palestinian Arabs will not be able to fulfill the Jewish role of the State of Israel, which is the state of the Jews.”
“Here is the inescapable truth – the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state is not a gift to the Palestinians. Rather, a two-state outcome is the only way to ensure a Jewish, democratic and secure state of Israel,” said former Congressman Robert Wexler, president of the Center.
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