2. Resolution on Arab-Israeli Conflicts

WHEREAS, in response to competing claims by two peoples, Arabs and Jews, to the same land, the United Nations in 1947 approved the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states; and

WHEREAS only the Jewish state, Israel, was established in 1948; and

WHEREAS a state of war has existed between the Arab states and Israel since 1948; and

WHEREAS Israel, as a result of military conflicts, has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights since 1967 and south Lebanon since 1982; and

WHEREAS in the aftermath of the Gulf War, the Arab- Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts remain as intractable as ever; and

WHEREAS u.s. interests and principles are best served by promoting a genuine peace in the area;

THEREFORE the U.S. government should promote a comprehensive negotiated settlement of the Israeli—Arab and Israeli—Palestinian conflicts and an end to occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and south Lebanon, based on

  1. U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338;
  2. mutual recognition of Israel’s right to live in peace within safe and internationally recognized borders, and the right of the Palestinian people to safety, self—determination, and an independent state in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and
  3. the signing of comprehensive treaties of peace among Israel, the Palestinians and their neighbors.

The implementation of the parties’ rights must be negotiated by the parties themselves, under appropriate international auspices. The Arab states and Israel must be represented by their respective governments; the Palestinians by representatives of their own choosing.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State Central Committee, upon passing this resolution or one of the same essential substance, be asked to forward it promptly to the Democratic members of our state’s Congressional delegation, to the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate and their appropriate committees and to the Democratic National Committee for their consideration.