OTTAWA, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for
Israel and Jewish Affairs, released the following statement today:
"For more than four decades, the international community has endorsed
only one path to Middle East peace, based on many years of binding UN
resolutions and signed agreements. This framework requires direct
negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as the sole way to
resolve the conflict, through a peace accord based on two states for
two peoples. Every Canadian government since 1967, regardless of
political party, has supported this international consensus.
"The current Palestinian bid at the UN rejects this blueprint entirely,
by unilaterally attempting to create a state of Palestine without peace
with Israel. We are pleased that Canada has taken a principled stand
with President Obama in opposing this initiative on the basis that it
will create neither peace nor a Palestinian state.
"Here in Canada, we are also encouraged that a cross-party consensus has
developed calling for a return to bilateral talks as the only way
forward. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs strongly supports
this position, and urges the Palestinian leadership to accept Israel's
offer to begin negotiations today without precondition."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the voice of the organized
Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Canada, including for those issues
formerly handled by the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel
Committee, and the Quebec-Israel Committee.
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
For further information:
Associate Director, Communications
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs