Israel Policy Forum calls on Israel and the Palestinians to do their utmost to alleviate tensions rather than exacerbate them through unduly provocative steps. This should be a time for clear thinking, rational decision making and measured policies.
It is our sincere hope that in the period ahead President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu will each demonstrate leadership, and find a suitable formula to continue negotiations toward a lasting resolution of the conflict. We fully support the continued commitment of Secretary Kerry and President Obama to work to advance this crucial goal.
Israel Policy Forum condemns recent statements by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that insulted the Obama administration and harshly criticized American foreign policy in the Middle East and around the world.
For IPF, and for all who knew him and wherever he served, Ambassador Lewis was a wise and sympathetic advisor, a man of enormous acuity and perspicacity, and a person who could discuss the weightiest issues with aplomb and balance.
The Israel Policy Forum (IPF) applauds Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) today, in which he described the regional benefits of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
We are concerned that the Menendez-Kirk bill, if enacted in its present form at this time, could upend the interim accord and undermine multi-national efforts going forward. In doing so, it could also weaken the President’s and Secretary of State’s ability to mobilize the international community on other critical issues.
Like Prime Minister Netanyahu, IPF harbors “no illusions about how difficult this [goal] will be to achieve.” We also agree that Israel’s security should never be compromised. That said, we welcome Mr. Netanyahu’s declaration that he is “prepared to make painful concessions,” which will be required of both sides in order to reach genuine and enduring peace.
On Wednesday, April 9 at 2 PM ET IPF hosted an on-the-record conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg, columnist for Bloomberg View, on the latest developments concerning the US-led negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel Policy Forum promotes active U.S. engagement to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace and security for Israel with the Palestinians and the Arab states.
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