“Calls to recognize a Palestinian state absent negotiations are a non-starter,” B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick said. “Such a proposal puts counterproductive pressure on the Israeli government.”
It is imperative that negotiations not exclude Israel from the process and any agreement must not be in contravention to the 1993 Oslo Accords, which call for a negotiated settlement.
The Kouchner-Moratinos plan also minimizes threats to Israel’s security. “Israel’s very real and very legitimate security concerns must be addressed at the negotiating table,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin. “A unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state would not adequately account for the security threats Israel faces every day and in the future.”
The challenge of negotiating a two-state solution grows ever greater as the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected every overture Israel has offered. The only way a two-state solution will work is for Israel and the Palestinians to sit down together.