Kerry and Edwards on Middle East Peace and Israel

(Excerpts from Our Plan For America)


Middle East peace.

We are fundamentally committed to the security of our ally Israel and the creation of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Our special relationship with Israel is based on the unshakable foundation of shared values and mutual commitment to democracy, and we will ensure that under all circumstances Israel retains the qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense. We believe that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. We will:

  • Bring genuine resolve and direct personal involvement to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
  • Work to transform the Palestinian Authority to promote new and responsible leadership, committed to fighting terror and promoting democracy,
  • Support the creation of a democratic Palestinian state dedicated to living in peace and security side by side with the Jewish State of Israel. We believe that the creation of a Palestinian state should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel,
  • Understand that it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949 — and we understand that all final status negotiations must be mutually agreed on,
  • Work to end direct and indirect financing of Palestinian terrorist organizations and anti-Israeli propaganda in the news media and schools.

Source: John Edwards and John Kerry, Our Plan For America. Kerry-Edwards Campaign, 2004.