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AIPAC’s Endorsement of the Two-State Solution Won’t Win It Bipartisan Support

March 16 2018

At the recent annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), its executive director declared the organization’s total commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Isi Leibler sees this move as a misguided attempt to regain support from younger, left-leaning Jews and thus maintain AIPAC’s bipartisan bona fides:

American Jews, like Israelis, are entitled to have varying views on the two-state solution. But in the face of the intensified Palestinian Authority campaign of terror and incitement, most Israelis, like myself, who once supported a two-state solution now realize that it is impossible.

The Palestinians have one goal—Israel’s destruction. A nascent terrorist state in Judea and Samaria would be opposed by a clear majority of Israelis across the political spectrum. For diplomatic reasons, the government has not explicitly stated this but it has assiduously avoided endorsing a two-state solution. . . . Even the Trump administration has repeatedly announced that it would support any decision both parties endorsed and did not call for a two-state solution.

Thus, it is with incredible hutzpah that an organization purporting to act with Israel’s and America’s best interests in mind has formally adopted a two-state policy. AIPAC is, in effect, pressuring Israel to move beyond what President Trump himself has demanded, and is encouraging the administration and Congress to pressure Israel in this direction.

This outrageous behavior will not induce liberals to support AIPAC but may encourage our American supporters to view Israel as intransigent and press it to make further concessions. . . . The only way to strengthen Israel’s support among Democrats and liberals is painstakingly to explain the case for Israel, which is not difficult—if they are willing to listen.

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Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

March 21 2018

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

As a good-faith gesture, the Western European and Others Group promised Israel that it and Belgium would run uncontested for the two open 2019-20 [Security Council] seats. Then, in 2016, Germany announced it would also run—even though it already served as a council member [multiple times, including] as recently as 2011-12. . . . [U]nless Belgium yields, Israel’s hopes for UN respect seem doomed for now—and maybe for the foreseeable future.

Why? Diplomats have been telling me Israel violates too many Security Council resolutions to be a member—as in the one passed during the last weeks of Barack Obama’s presidency, which marked Jewish holy sites as occupied Palestinian territory. But is building a porch in [the West Bank town of] Ma’ale Adumim really such a huge threat to world peace?

How about, then, a report released last week by UN experts on the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions? It found Germany violated a council ban on sparkling wines, exporting $151,840 worth of bubbly and other luxury goods to Kim Jong Un’s cronies. Or how about, as the Jerusalem Post’s Benjamin Weinthal reports, German companies exporting to Iran banned materials that were later used in chemical attacks in Syria?

Never mind. Germany (and Belgium) will surely benefit from the UN’s habit of magnifying Israel’s violations beyond all proportion. Thus, Israel’s petition to join the most prestigious UN club will likely be rejected, thanks to a late entry by a shameless [and] cynical German power play against the Jewish state.

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