Statement by AIPAC President Bernice Manocherian and Executive Director Howard Kohr
Washington, D.C.— The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) applauds the House of Representatives for its overwhelming bipartisan support for the Delay-Hoyer Resolution on Mid-East Peace Principles. Passage of this landmark resolution makes clear that the principles President Bush laid out April 14th in a letter to Israel's Prime Minister reflect fundamental U.S. policy on Middle East peace, laying the foundation for current and future American policy toward the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
This resolution once again underscores that as Israel continues its unrelenting efforts to achieve peace for Israelis and Palestinians despite the absence of a Palestinian negotiating partner, and as the Palestinian Authority continues to refuse to fulfill its most basic obligations under the roadmap to stop terrorist attacks against Israel, dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, and begin a process of political reform, the United States remains the only honest broker.
U.S. policy, as enumerated by the President and ratified by Congress, clearly recognizes the need for Israel to have defensible borders that reflect demographic realities; that Israel will remain a Jewish state with Palestinian refugees not returning to Israel; the need for Palestinians to end their campaign of terror and for Israel to have the ability to defend itself against that terror.
The resolution passed 407-9, with three voting present, in large measure due to the commitment and leadership of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
The bipartisan spirit in which this measure was passed reminds us once again that while they may agree on little else, when the U.S.-Israel relationship is involved, both parties, just like the American people, are united in support.