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The Democrats and Israel

And still on the subject of US politics, JTA has published the statements of the Democrat hopefuls.

Howard Dean

  • Preserving Israelís security is a ‘bedrock principle’ that will guide his administrationís foreign policy
  • Will guarantee Israel’s long-term defense and security because it is in America’s interests
  • The US will play the role of a fair and honest broker
  • Peace will not occur as long as Yasser Arafat is in control
  • Affirms that Israel has both the right and the responsibility to protect and defend its citizens against terrorists

    Wesley Clark

  • The security fence is a logical extension of Israelís right to self-defense, but is neither a long-term solution nor a sustainable substitute for peace
  • Will send a high-level negotiating team to the region and task them with helping the parties renew and complete the peace process
  • America will be an honest broker
  • Pledges to combat anti-Semitism

    Dick Gephardt

  • Believes that the Bush administration has failed to undertake meaningful diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful outcome to the Middle East conflict, and has failed to encourage other countries to adopt more constructive policies toward Israel
  • Highlights his good track record with regards to Israel
  • Will work tirelessly to foster the US-Israel relationship and maintain military and economic aid to Israel.
  • Will work to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to clearly affirm American support for a united Jerusalem at the center of Israel
  • Believes in a permanent two-state solution
  • Will ensure a sustained U.S. presence and engagement in the Middle East

    John Kerry

  • Sees the endgame as two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security
  • The Bush Administration has jeopardized the security of Israel, encouraged Palestinian extremists and undermined US long term national interests.
  • Will appoint a presidential ambassador to the peace process
  • Will work to hold the Saudis accountable for their continued reluctance to root out terrorism in the Middle East

    Dennis Kucinich

  • Peace in the Middle East will be one of his highest priorities
  • Affirms his committment to the Israel and the security of the Israeli people as it battles the terrorist infrastructure in PLO Arab areas
  • Supports a PLO Arab state with territorial contiguity and economic viability
  • Supports the Road Map
  • Does not believe that the security fence will protect Israelis, but will only breed deepening resentment and hatred

    John Edwards

  • Will promote peace between Israel and the PLO Arabs through sustained, high-level engagement, including the appointment of a senior envoy
  • Supports a two-state solution, with the Jewish state of Israel and a legitimate, democratic and territorially viable PLO Arab state living side by side in peace
  • Israel has a right to take measures to defend itself, and these defensive measures are not the cause of terrorism, but rather the response to terrorism. However, these measures should not be a substitute for negotiations that can lead to a long-term settlement.
  • The US will not impose a solution on the parties

    Joseph Lieberman

  • Recognizes the US’s special relationship with Israel, built on shared values and interests
  • Peace in the Middle East is vital to America’s national security
  • Believes in a two-state solution
  • The first step is for the PLO Arab leadership to make a 100 percent effort to stop terrorism and dismantle terrorist organizations
  • America must remain engaged in the region, but cannot force a solution on the parties

    Carol Moseley Braun

  • Peace in the Middle East is vital to US security
  • The Bush administration allowed diplomacy to collapse and abandoned the goals of the Oslo Accords
  • Believes in the two-state solution laid out in the Oslo Accords
  • Control of Jerusalem, geographic boundaries of a PLO Arab state and security against terrorism will be addressed meaningfully only when we return to the negotiating table

  • About the author

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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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