August 21, 2020
J-Link Statement on the Israel-UAE Deal
J-Link, the international network of progressive Jewish organizations, welcomes the agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize ties between the two countries.
Recognition of Israel’s legitimate existence and the establishment of diplomatic relations, years after the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, is another important step in Israel’s acceptance in the Middle East. This is a welcome move toward integration in a region of the world to which it rightfully belongs
Israel’s commitment to suspend plans to unilaterally annex areas of occupied Palestinian Territories is a positive step. The worldwide opposition by national governments, international institutions, and civil society to such plans played a significant role in this respect. Opposition was strong and widespread including in the Jewish Diaspora. J-Link is proud to have contributed to the anti-annexation campaign..
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J-Link Anti-Annexation Diplomatic Campaign
In response to the Israeli government's Coalition Agreement, dated April 20 2020, which included a proposal to unilaterally annex up to 30% of the West Bank as early as July 1, 2020, J- Link devised a strategy with its many international supporters.
In June 2020, the J-Link Coordinating Committee members, organized delegations to meet with Israeli Diplomats around the world, to express their concerns, as pro-Israel, pro-Peace, pro-2-state solution supporters. Each delegation presented the J-Link Appeal, signed by 50 progressive Jewish organizations worldwide, and asked that the Diplomats forward the Appeal to the Israeli Foreign Minister. This Report provides a brief summary of those meetings, including the Diplomats, members of the various delegations, and the significant outcomes.
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14 April, 2020
Dear General Benny Gantz, Chairman of the Knesset (Gabi Ashkenazi, MK; Amir Peretz, MK)
Passover is a time for Jews to reflect on our commitment to freedom, justice, security, and a yearning for a national homeland. There is now an imminent threat to these cherished values. According to the recent coalition draft, your proposed emergency unity government will introduce a Bill in the Knesset within the next three months to annex parts of the West Bank. This will happen without negotiations with the Palestinians, contrary to UN resolutions and international law. A simple majority in the Knesset will end the possibility of a viable two- state solution.