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A Resolution for Middle East Peace

Whereas we recognize the humanity and fundamental decency of both the Israeli and Palestinian people, and wish to see them living in peace with each other, side by side in a safe Israel and a safe Palestine,

And Whereas we abhor acts of terror, violence and denial of human rights,

And Whereas the continuation of this conflict is destructive to the people of the Middle East, counter to the best
interests and values of the United States, and might contribute to an increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Arab sentiments both worldwide and in our own community,

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT THE
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES URGES THE PRESIDENT TO:

Support dramatic steps for an immediate end to violence and terror in the Middle East by introducing an international buffer of genuinely unbiased and neutral forces to separate and provide protection for Israelis and Palestinians and meanwhile use all of the resources of the U.S. to bring about the following resolution of the conflict:

(a) Return of Israel to its pre-1967 borders, with minor border modifications mutually agreed upon (to allow Israel to retain sections of Jerusalem with a Jewish majority as of 1993, and a few border settlements);

(b) Creation of an economically and politically viable Palestinian state in all of the pre-1967 West Bank and Gaza including East Jerusalem (except for the sections of Jerusalem that already had a Jewish majority by 1993);

(c) An international fund to provide reparations for Palestinians and to resettle Palestinian refugees in the new Palestinian state, and to provide reparations for Israelis who fled from persecution in Arab lands, and to resettle Israeli settlers within the pre-1967 borders of Israel;

(d) Recognition of Israel and the newly-created Palestinian state and peaceful relations with all surrounding Arab and Islamic states;

(e) Sharing of the water and other resources of the area and joint cooperation to preserve regional ecological balance;

(f) Active participation of Palestine, in cooperation with international forces, to protect Israelis from those who may continue to struggle against Israel even after it has returned to its pre-1967 borders, and active participation by Israel and in cooperation with international forces to protect Palestinians from those who may use acts of violence to destabilize or undermine a new Palestinian state;

(g) International guarantees of the safety and security of both Israel and Palestine, either through bilateral mutual defense agreements with the United States, or some similar arrangements with a credible international force which will protect Israel and Palestine from other states which may have hostile intentions;

(h) An international Truth and Reconciliation Commission, such as that which functioned in South Africa, to be created after the above points have begun to be implemented, and aimed at building a foundation for future trust and cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

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