Almost two dozen members of Israel’s parliament despatched a letter to Congress thanking them for the current decision opposing a world effort to boycott Israel however warned that a number of the language within the decision “would be far more dangerous” to the nation.
Fox Information obtained the letter Monday; it was dated Aug. 8.
The U.S. Home of Representatives overwhelmingly accepted the bipartisan decision final month opposing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion (BDS) as Democrats tried to tamp down more and more heated political rhetoric over variations with the longtime U.S. ally.
The decision put the Home on report opposing the BDS motion and its efforts to focus on U.S. firms doing enterprise with Israel. The motion has grown lately, and lots of supporters of Israel have seen it as an try to delegitimize the Jewish state.
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The letter learn, “We, members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), would like to thank you for your continued support of Israel, especially combatting attempts to delegitimize Israel and against the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).”
It went on to deal with a “concern” relating to the “anti-BDS resolution.”
“We believe it contains a grave error because it expresses, among other things, support for a so-called ‘Two-State Solution,’ meaning the establishment of a ‘Palestinian state’ in the heart of tiny Israel,” the letter stated.
The members of Israel’s parliament wrote, “We would like to make our position clear that the establishment of a Palestinian state would be far more dangerous to Israel than BDS.”
The letter then outlined a number of causes, together with safety considerations.
“The establishment of an additional Arab (so-called Palestinian) state in the region would severely damage the national security of both Israel and the United States,” members of Israel’s parliament wrote, including that “such a state would undoubtedly be a dysfunctional terrorist state, which would distance peace and undermine stability in the Middle East.”
It was signed by 21 members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), which included former safety officers.
Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Sick.; Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.; and Ann Wagner, R-Mo., had launched the decision in March.
Not one of the 4 lawmakers instantly responded to Fox Information’ request for remark.
“A two-state solution remains the best way to justly resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ensure a future for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security and prosperity,” the decision stated. “By denying the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS Movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and pushes the cause of peace for both Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach. This resolution makes clear that Congress remains committed to a two-state solution and opposes zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel.”
The decision handed on a vote of 398-17. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had been among the many 16 Democrats who voted in opposition to the decision.
Liberal lawmakers, most notably Omar and Tlaib, each newly elected Muslim-People, have spoken out in assist of the BDS motion, as they’ve criticized Israel’s therapy of Palestinians.
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The decision has been pushed by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the influential Israel foyer in Washington.
“Unfortunately, in the last few years, AIPAC is independently advancing the two-state solution,” Yossi Dagan, the top of the Samaria Regional Council within the northern West Financial institution, stated. He was one of many individuals who wrote the letter to members of Congress.
Dagan added, “The Two-State Concept is not the policy of the current government coalition, nor is it stated as policy in the agreements between the coalition partners.”
An AIPAC spokesman declined to remark when Fox Information’ contacted the group for a response to the letter and Dagan’s feedback.
Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for the Jewish group in Hebron, which is within the southern West Financial institution, advised Fox Information he revered the Home decision “because it gives a chance for pro-Israel Democrats to express themselves” however on the identical time, “bipartisanship can’t be the ultimate arbiter of Israeli security policy.”
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Fleisher continued, “At the end, the two-state solution is a horrible and dangerous idea, which has only suppressed Jews and Arabs.”
Fox Information’ Ben Evansky, Frank Miles and The Related Press contributed to this report.