November 27, 2012
J Street’s Position on the Palestinian Bid at the UN
This morning, J Street (a pro-Israel, pro-peace educational and political organization in Washington, D.C.) published this statement on the Palestinian bid for greater status at the United Nations.
The Palestinian Authority will submit its resolution for a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday, November 29 - a date that resonates in UN history. On November 29, 1947 the UN passed a resolution for the partition of the Land of Israel/Palestine thereby paving the way for international recognition of the State of Israel the following year.
At that time, all Arab nations rejected the Partition plan. It has taken 65 years for the Palestinians, in effect, to support that original partition plan for two states - a Jewish state and a Palestinian state.
At this time there is overwhelming support in the General Assembly of the United Nations for the resolution.
J Street's considered, comprehensive and nuanced position is for the day after the vote. J Street did not take position on the resolution itself.
I am a national co-chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street. Among many others (e.g. the J Street Board, Rabbinic Cabinet, and J Street Students), I was consulted before this document was finalized. I support it wholeheartedly and pray that the Obama administration, the government of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority move rapidly to save the two-state solution before it is too late.