Republican Jewish group endorses Trump’s peace plan while J Street says it would ensure Israeli ‘illegal’ occupation ‘becomes permanent’

Josefin Dolsten

(JTA) — President Donald Trump has released his much-anticipated Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

The president presented the plan on Tuesday together at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The proposal would allow Israel to annex its West Bank settlements while freezing for four years the areas that it proposes as part of a future Palestinian state. A Palestinian state would be made up of Gaza and the majority of the West Bank, which the plan proposes be connected via high-speed rail.

Israel would also get “overriding security responsibility and control over entire territory from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a follow-up call with reporters. The White House released a close to 180-page long document that elaborated on the details of the proposal.


Predictably, those on the right have come out praising the plan while those on the left have criticized it. Here are what Jewish groups have to say about the proposal. We will add reactions as they come in.


Republican Jewish Coalition endorsed the plan, and its executive director, Matt Brooks, said “[t]he President and his team have put together a bold and nuanced proposal that is deeply rooted in America’s core values of liberty, opportunity, and hope for the future.”

American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it “appreciate[s] the efforts of President Trump and his administration to work in consultation with the leaders of the two major Israeli political parties to set forth ideas to resolve the conflict in a way that recognizes our ally’s critical security needs.” The group urged “Palestinians to rejoin Israelis at the negotiating table.”

StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said the group “hope[s] this will be a step towards a better future for both peoples” and that “it is ultimately up to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resolve their conflict through direct negotiations.”


J Street described the plan as “the logical culmination of repeated bad-faith steps this administration has taken to validate the agenda of the Israeli right, prevent the achievement of a viable, negotiated two-state solution and ensure that Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory in the West Bank becomes permanent.”

The Israel-based group Peace Now said “[t]he insistence of a small and extreme minority to cling to every piece of land is dragging our country to perpetuate this protracted conflict to the point that it is critically threatening Israel’s character as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Daniel Sokatch, CEO of New Israel Fund, said the proposal “threatens make the occupation permanent” and “is not the vision of Israel’s founders.”

IfNotNow co-founder Emily Mayer slammed the plan as “totally and utterly bankrupt,” saying it “reveals the shameful way that our government has catered to the Israeli right — at the cost of Palestinian freedom — for our entire lives.”

Rabbi Alissa Wise, the acting co-executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, called it “an apartheid plan” and “a distraction ploy by two warmongerers who are prioritizing their personal election campaigns over any semblance of statecraft.”

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