Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the following statement.
ZOA Praises Pending H. Res. 27:
ZOA enthusiastically praises pending House Resolution 27, introduced by Congressman Steve King (R-IA). H. Res. 27 rejects a PA State (the so-called Two-state solution) as the United States’ diplomatic policy objective and calls for the Administration to advocate for a new approach that prioritizes the State of Israel’s sovereignty, security, and borders.
“Two-state solution” is a misnomer and euphemism for creating a Hamas-Iran-Fatah-Palestinian-Arab terrorist state on Jewish land that would endanger Israel’s existence, by, among other things, subjecting all of Israel, including its airport and major cities, to constant rocket attack. A Palestinian-Arab Hamas terrorist state in Judea/Samaria would be another Gaza-type terrorist enclave and missile-launching pad.
Res. 27 also correctly states that:A Palestinian-Arab state is certain to be run by Hamas, Iran and other terrorist groups. There is virtually no prospect that a Palestinian-Arab Hamas state would be demilitarized, democratic or peaceful in the foreseeable future. Arab polls show that if an election were held in the PA today, terrorist group Hamas would win. (“Poll: Hamas will win the Palestinian Elections,” Israel Nat’l News, Aug. 28, 2016.) Hamas and other designated foreign terrorist organizations, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are currently part of the Palestinian Authority government. The PA pays terrorists to murder Jews, sentences Arabs to death for selling land to Jews, and promotes terrorism and murder of Jews in their schools, media, sermons, speeches, and children’s camps. They also name schools, streets, sports teams and tournaments after Jew-killing terrorists.
- “the State of Israel is a crucial strategic ally of the United States in the region and in the larger war against the threats from radical Islam”;
- “the State of Israel is under constant threat of belligerence from the threat of diplomatic Anti-Semitism, and violent attack from terrorism, and military threat by radical Islamic forces and governments, like the Islamic Republic of Iran”;
- “the potential for a failed Palestinian Arab state in Judea and Samaria remains a clear and present danger to the people of Israel”; and that
- “the Palestinian Authority does not meet the criteria for a viable and functioning government with all the authority and responsibilities thereof.”
Congressman King’s pending H. Rep. 27 also carries out the policies embodied in the unanimously adopted pro-Israel 2016 Republican platform – which elicited cheers from the entire room when it was passed, and the views of the American people who elected President-elect Trump and the current Congress. The 2016 Republican platform specifically eliminates any mention of a two-state solution, and instead declares: “We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state . . . We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier . . . We oppose any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms.” In other words, the GOP platform opposes imposing a Palestinian Hamas State.
The American public understands and acknowledges that a Palestinian-Arab state would support terrorism, would be hostile to Israel, and would not be peaceful. A 2014 McLaughlin & Associates poll found that “by a ratio of 3.5 to 1 (58% to 17%), Americans believe any future Palestinian Arab state would be hostile to Israel and support terrorism.”
Moreover, the 1993 and 1994 Oslo accords (that the U.S. partially facilitated) did not call for the establishment of a Palestinian-Arab state. The Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin stated in his 1995 speech to the Knesset regarding ratifying the Olso accords that what was contemplated was a Palestinian “entity which is less than a state.”