A draft of what will be the Republican Party’s platform indicates that for the first time in decades, one of the two political parties in America will jettison the long-failed insistence that the solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a two-state solution.
After it was approved by a subcommittee meeting in Cleveland, and pending the approval of the Republican Party’s Platform Committee,the language in the draft states, “We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier. Support for Israel is an expression of Americanism, and it is the responsibility of our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no daylight between America and Israel.”
The draft condemns the BDS movement, noting, “the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (“BDS”) is anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel, ” and urging federal legislation “to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.”
GOP delegate Alan Clemmons, a South Carolina state representative, wrote the amendment, which was approved by a 14-2 vote. The platform also restores the position that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, stating, “We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state, and call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of U.S. law.” That provision was removed in 2012 after it had been part of the party’s platform in 2008.
Jeff Ballabon, chair of the Iron Dome Alliance, enthused to Jewish Insider, “The language of the Clemmons amendment was adopted by a landslide. We wholeheartedly endorse the new Israel plank and we hope and pray and are working to ensure that the full committee adopts the subcommittee’s language as well. The new language is much more in line with GOP voters – and stands far more clearly with Israel’s sovereignty and security.” Noting that the Democratic Party’s platform explicitly calls for a two-state solution – negotiated by Israle and the Palestinians, Ballabon concluded, “Pro-Israel voters will be confronted with a very, very clear choice in 2016.”
The Republicans’ Israel language is still not finalized.
The GOP platform may be pro-Israel, but Donald Trump’s position is anything but firm; he has waffled considerably on positions vis-à-vis Israel, having told AP that he doubted Israel’s desire to make peace, but insisting somehow he would make peace happen, saying, “I don’t know that Israel has the commitment to make it. I don’t know that the other side has the commitment to make it. With that being said, I have a good chance. If you’re going to make a deal – and you can make a great deal – you can’t go in with the attitude that you’re going to shut it down. You’ve got to go in and do it nicely so everyone’s happy.”
For a thorough and comprehensive explanation of why a two-state solution for Israel would be doomed to failure, read The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, by Caroline Glick.