Israel Policy Forum (IPF) maintains that the endorsement of the international community in support of achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains essential at a time when that goal is under heavy assault from its opponents in Israel, Palestine, the United States, and elsewhere in the international arena.

We further recognize the high barrier that Israeli settlement activity creates for achieving this outcome, particularly settlement activity and efforts to legalize existing unauthorized settlements east of the security barrier and outside the blocs.

While the UN Security Council Resolution under consideration underscores international support for two states, we fear that the practical result of this Resolution will be to encourage boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, which will make that critical goal further from reach.  Moreover, the UN’s troublesome history of singling out Israel for censure makes that venue especially problematic for addressing issues that must be resolved through negotiation.

This episode underscores the urgency of initiatives, such as those proposed by the network of over 240 generals who comprise the Commanders for Israel’s Security, that would halt settlement activity east of the security barrier, along with other constructive measures to preserve the viability of a future negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace.