A national coordinating agency for Jewish youth at 150 Orthodox synagogues in the United States and Canada has issued a call to its members to urge the Obama administration to oppose the formation of an independent, armed and sovereign Palestinian state.

The National Council of Young Israel warns an independent Palestinian state would open the door to a new wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

“America’s stated intent to pursue an independent Palestinian state is untenable and unfeasible in light of the Palestinians’ well-documented hatred of the Jewish people and resentment of the Jewish state,” the coordinating agency said in a statement.

The Young Israel memo warns about the following issues:

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  • That the Palestinian Authority issues a death sentence to people who sell land to Jews;
  • That Israeli POW Gilad Shalit is still being held captive by Islamic militants;
  • That the U.S. has rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state before renewing peace talks.
  • That Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns that ceding control of Israeli land to the Palestinians would exacerbate the situation need to be taken seriously by the U.S., despite its failure in Gaza;
  • That Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, cannot be divided;
  • That control of Jewish holy sites, and for that matter, the Christian holy sites, cannot and should not be relinquished to the Palestinians;
  • That the U.S. has not discussed what would happen in the event that the two-state solution, which it is advocating, eventually fails, nor has it spoken about what role the U.S. is prepared to play in that event to restore a sense of stability to the region.

The Young Israel initiative comes on the heels of the visit of George Mitchell, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, to Israel.

Mr. Mitchell told his Israeli hosts during a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: “A two-state solution is the only solution. U.S. policy favors, in respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a two-state solution which will have a Palestinian state living in peace alongside the Jewish State of Israel.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State described the United States’ policy with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the “pursuit of a two-state solution with the two countries living side-by-side in peace.”

These statements signify a trend with regard to the United States’ approach toward the establishment of a Palestinian state, under the assumption that the creation of an independent Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel will achieve a peaceful resolution of the situation in the Middle East.

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.