AIPAC reiterates commitment to two-state solution following website changes

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 15, 2016 04:04

The United States has officially backed the policy since 2002, and has acted as the main mediator between both parties for decades.

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A man waits for the start of the evening's speeches at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

A man waits for the start of the evening's speeches at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has reiterated its commitment to a two-state solution after US media noticed edits to policy language on its website.

While the term "two-state solution" was removed over the summer from a section describing the lobby's approach to discussing the conflict, it remains a top priority of AIPAC to promote two states for two people, a spokesman for the organization said on Monday.

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The lobby has continued to list a two-state solution as the goal of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the edits, as its second-listed legislative priority.

It also remains a part of the organization's mission statement. "Our position has not changed," Marshall Wittmann, a spokesman for AIPAC, told The Jerusalem Post. "We continue to support a two-state solution."

The United States has officially backed the policy since 2002, and has acted as the main mediator between both parties for decades. Yet negotiations have grounded to a halt in recent years over a number of contentious issues, with the latest peace talk effort faltering in 2013-14.

AIPAC had until recently catalogued "the two-state solution" as the top talking point on a list of five, Buzzfeed News reported.

AIPAC's mission statements commits the lobby to “the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution — a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.”

President-elect Donald Trump recently stated in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be "the ultimate deal."

“As a deal maker, I’d like to do… the deal that can’t be made. And to do it for humanity’s sake," he added. The framework for the two-state-solution was first presented by the United Nations and calls for "two States, Israel and Palestine … side by side within secure and recognized borders."


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