Statement by AIPAC President Bernice Manocherian and Executive Director Howard Kohr
Washington, D.C.— The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) applauds the Senate for its
overwhelming bipartisan support for the Frist-Daschle 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 on resolution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A similar resolution passed the House of Representatives Wednesday by a vote of 407-9.
The White House and both Houses of Congress have made America's policy with regard to the future of Middle East peace on these critical core issues unambiguously clear.
The resolution passed the Senate 95-3, in large measure due to the commitment and leadership of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).
U.S. policy, as enumerated by the President and overwhelmingly ratified by the entire 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 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.