Yachad is committed to Israel as a democratic and Jewish state based on the values on which it was created, as enshrined in its Declaration of Independence:

‘The State of Israel…will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.’

Whilst the Middle East is a dynamic and changing environment, we believe that at this current point in time, commitment to a set of positions on key issues, as described in Yachad’s statement of core principles, will contribute to safeguarding these values.

EU Labelling of Settlement Products

Background
Goods imported into the European Union are labelled with their country of origin. In recent years there have been moves within member countries of the European Union to use labelling to distinguish between Israeli goods grown in the West Bank and those grown in the rest of Israel.
In 2009, the British government adopted voluntary guidelines in relation to labelling of produce of West Bank settlements. The impetus for labelling in the UK originally came from the British Retailers …

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is the name given to a campaign against Israel launched in 2005 that seeks to influence policy using similar means to those deployed against South Africa in the 1980s. The BDS campaign has two main focuses: an economic and an academic boycott.
As a pro-Israel organisation, Yachad believes Israel should be allowed to thrive. Whilst we are opposed to the ongoing occupation, and do not support new investment inside the Israeli controlled West Bank, including …

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Democracy

The character of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state is enshrined in its Declaration of Independence. The ability to achieve lasting peace in the region is based upon building mutual respect between the different parties of the conflicts; any legislation that sets out to discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or political opinion is not conducive towards a long-term peaceful settlement.
Furthermore, commitment to peace and democracy is as important to Israel’s internal civil society …

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Palestinian Unity Government and Hamas

Yachad believes in the right of a Jewish state to flourish in safety and security. Yachad abhors acts of terrorism that endanger lives and make the possibility of a peaceful resolution less likely. Violence begets violence and impedes the possibility for either side to empathise with the losses of the other.
However we also recognise that any lasting peace agreement will need to include the broadest cross section of both populations and that peace is made with enemies whose policies Israel does …

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Refugees

As Jews who have a long history of displacement, we understand the pain of exile. An intractable element of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict has been that both sides have a strong relationship to the land both within Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
The creation of two states would allow both peoples to realise their national aspirations with the right of return for both Israelis and Palestinians in their respective countries. We recognise that in order to create two states, …

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Jerusalem

As Jews, our historical and emotional connection to Jerusalem spans over 3,000 years. Our commitment to Jerusalem and its centrality to the Jewish people is unshakeable and Jerusalem will remain the capital of the Jewish state in any future peace agreement.
We also recognise that we are not the only religion that has a historical connection to the holy city of Jerusalem. In order for any future peace agreement to be accepted by both sides, part of Jerusalem must also serve as the sovereign …

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Settlements

Parts of the West Bank are of great religious and national significance to the Jewish people. Relinquishing sovereignty over these areas will be painful for many people. However if we are to safeguard Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, the West Bank, subject to minor adjustments through mutually-agreed land swaps, will form the bulk of a future Palestinian state.
The occupation of the West Bank and the continued settlement expansion weakens Israel’s security by making …

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