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As you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority leadership plans to pursue a policy at the United Nations General Assembly to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state. This has become known as Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). While the exact course of their actions is not known, it will likely include seeking full membership or some form of enhanced status in the United Nations.
UDI threatens to undermine the long-standing consensus of the peace process for a negotiated settlement by using the UN as a vehicle to isolate and place diplomatic pressure on Israel.
This Palestinian initiative has the potential to be an historic event, drawing enormous media attention, especially coupled with the probability of large-scale Palestinian marches toward checkpoints and settlements taking place around the same time. It has the potential to further isolate Israel in the international community. In other words, we need to do all we can to prevent this initiative from being successful.
The Israel Action Network (IAN), a partnership of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), is spearheading a massive campaign to counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. The aim of this campaign is not to prevent what will be an automatic majority in the UN General Assembly supporting pro-statehood resolution, but denying it credibility (and success) by pulling away as many countries as possible to vote against it or to abstain.
As part of this approach, IAN has initiated an online petition, together with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, for members of the United Nations. The Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois is an official co-sponsor of this petition. Here is the opening sentence:
We, the undersigned, call upon the 193 Members of the United Nations to vote against endorsing a unilaterally declared Palestinian state and to promote the resumption of bilateral negotiations.
Please visit the petition website and sign online. Your support is vital and will help make a difference. Thank you.
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois