January 28, 2020
Since its Declaration of Independence, which made the Jewish people free again in their ancestral home, Israel has yearned for peace with its neighbors. Despite being forced to defend themselves from war and violence brought to their borders by surrounding governments and terrorist groups, Israelis have invested in peace efforts with the Palestinians and Arab states.
Egypt and Jordan chose peace with Israel after decades of war, and many other governments in the region are now increasing their ties with the Jewish state. However, Palestinian leaders, from Haj Amin al-Husseini to Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, have consistently rejected peace plan after peace plan. Instead, they continue to promote and reward hatred and violence. The results have been tragic for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
As the U.S. administration presents a new peace plan, we know that it is ultimately up to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resolve their conflict through direct negotiations. We firmly respect the right of Israelis to decide what they need in any peace agreement and urge Palestinian leaders to finally engage in good faith. We hope this will be a step towards a better future for both peoples.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on five continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.
For the last 7 years, SWU has consistently received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum).
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