AIPAC Website Scrubs Two-state Solution From Talking Points

Though 'two-state solution' remains on other parts of the pro-Israel lobby's site, educational section on peace process dropped reference, Buzzfeed reports.

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Netanyahu speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Washington D.C., March 2, 2015.
Netanyahu speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Washington D.C., March 2, 2015.Credit: Bloomberg

A reference to the two-state solution has been dropped from the website of the pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – or AIPAC. Though other references to the two-state solution remain and can be found on the lobby's website, Buzzfeed News reported, the reference in the main educational section dedicated to peace was dropped.

Under its "Education" section, AIPAC offers talking points and general information on key issues in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, along with details on its lobbying efforts. Under "The Peace Process" subsection of the website, the three main points that AIPAC presented as the key tenants of the peace process were replaced with five new points – with the two-state solution nowhere to be found.

While the earlier version put "Two states for two people" as the first talking point on peace, followed by "Only direct talks will lead to peace" and "Arab states must take a more constructive role," the newer text lays out a slightly different vision.

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"Talks must be direct and bilateral," the new talking points suggest, followed by "a solution cannot be imposed on the parties" and "both sides must be willing to compromise." Instead of offering details on the type of process needed for peace, the talking points says that "Disagreements should be resolved privately" and urges the U.S. to "support and work closely with Israel."

Buzzfeed dates the shift as taking place in July and notes that other references to the two state solution still remain in AIPAC papers, even on those from as late as May 2016.

A spokesperson for AIPAC said the change was part of a routine reorganization of AIPAC's website, Buzzfeed reported. Responding to the report, AIPAC's spokesman Marshal Wittmann told Buzzfeed News that “our position has not changed on two-state solution.We continue to support a two-state solution.”

In July, the Republican Party dropped the two state solution from its official platform, and a preliminary policy paper drafted by President-elect Donald Trump's Israel advisor ahead of his election also rejected the solution, writing: “A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” the paper, drafted by his team, but reportedly vetted by Trump, said.

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