The past week has once more brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the center of national and international news. On Dec. 23, the U.N. Security Council voted 14-0 in support of Resolution 2334, with the U.S. choosing to abstain rather than exercise its veto power. The text of Resolution 2334, available here, condemns Israel for its settlement policy and marked a change from prior Obama Administration tactics to veto any resolutions condemning Israel brought up in the Security Council.
The resolution has unleashed a cacophony of articles and opinion pieces. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded on Dec. 28 with a lengthy speech that has generated even more responses.
We, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, recognize that Jews within our community hold a variety of different views when it comes to Israeli settlement policy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Israeli-U.S. relations in general. Nevertheless, we write to underscore where we believe there is consensus:
- Israel has the right to self-determination as a Jewish, democratic state.
- A two-state solution is the only viable way to maintain Israel’s existence as a Jewish, democratic state.
- Any two-state solution, including the resolution of final borders, can only be realized through direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties themselves and cannot be imposed by outside countries, organizations, or the U.N.
The following analysis provide what we believe are some of the most thoughtful insights into the implications of the resolution’s passage. We will continue to follow developments leading up to the Jan.15, 2017, international peace conference in Paris, and will provide resources accordingly.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334:
Condemnation of the Resolution
Support for the Resolution
Secretary of State Kerry's Speech:
Support for Secretary Kerry
Condemnation of Secretary Kerry’s Speech
Israeli Responses to Secretary Kerry’s Speech
Times of Israel - Mr. Kerry, the 2-State Solution Isn't At Risk, It's Already Dead