AIPAC, J Street back separate letters to Obama
LAST UPDATED: 03/20/2013 04:01
WASHINGTON – AIPAC and J Street backed separate letters in the US Senate Tuesday
welcoming US President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel, with the former
emphasizing Israel’s security challenges and the latter calling for US support
for a two-state solution.
The AIPAC-backed letter by Sens. Ben Cardin
(D-Maryland) and Susan Collins (RMaine) begins by labeling Palestinian
unilateral efforts at the UN “unacceptable” and urging Obama to clearly reject
this strategy as well as delegitimization of Israel.
The letter also
refers to the need for Palestinians to stop incitement and renounce Hamas, and
stresses that the current upheaval in Arab countries is “not directly related to
the peace process” even as a peace deal remains important.
garnered more than 60 signatures, according to AIPAC.