GOP Questions ‘Two-State Solution’
Republican delegates at the party's national convention are debating amendments to a foreign policy platform that tentatively calls for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital alongside a Palestinian Authority state.
The proposed platform is entitled “Our Unequivocal Support for Israel,” Foreign Policy magazine journalist Uri Friedman wrote in USA Today Monday.
Although the language of the proposed "Two-State Solution" is almost exactly as that in the Republican party’s 2008 platform, more GOP delegates are concerned that backing the idea of two states will continue what has been the policy of the past three governments to, in effect, dictate the terms by extracting concessions from Israel.
The “Two States for Two People” idea via diplomacy is, for all intents and purposes, a dead issue considering the Palestinian Authority’s stated rejection of any compromise on its demands and its determination to win recognition through the United Nations.
"The overwhelming majority of Republicans don't support the creation of another terror state like the ones that have since been created in southern Lebanon and Gaza," according to South Carolina delegate Randy Page, quoted by Friedman.
Page disapproved of the suggested wording of the suggested policy platform and explained, "We cannot continue to endorse Obama's policy of forcing Israel to negotiate in the face of suicidal risk."
The “peace process” began more than 20 years ago when the elder President Bush brought Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat together for a debate in Madrid.
Every government since then promoted the two-state solution, through the failed Oslo Accords, but George W. Bush was the first president to officially call for a Palestinian Authority country.
The collapse of the “peace process” and the growth of the Republican Tea party faction has steered the party away from involving itself in another series of Middle East policy failures by American government, dating from the war in Iraq to the current turmoil in Syria.
A resolution at the Republican National Committee earlier this year came out clearly for Israel, stating "that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people."
Party leaders declined to adopt the resolution, which would have been a revolutionary move that would have infuriated the oil-rich Arab world.