Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s Press Conference

16 February 2017: Statement on Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference
“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”
Yesterday, President Trump appeared to back away from decades of US and international commitment to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is unclear exactly what he meant, but what is clear is that there is no “one-state solution” that can satisfy both the annexationists who …

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Press Release on Legalisation Law

06/02/17, London: British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation Yachad – which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – has condemned as “disastrous” the outpost ‘legalisation’ law that passed the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, this evening. The new law, passed hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London where he assured Prime Minister Theresa May that Israel “will never give up on our quest for …

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Statement on 3000 new settlement homes

01/02/2017
Our view on the approval of 3000 new homes in West Bank settlements:
“The announcement of 3000 new housing units in West Bank settlements, coming after the approval in the past two weeks of 2500 homes in the West Bank and over 500 homes in East Jerusalem, is another step by this Israeli government that pushes a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict further away. Establishing more facts on the ground in settlements across the West Bank will signal to the …

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PA Minister’s Comments on Jerusalem

Our response to the Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister’s comments criticising the UN Secretary General for mentioning Jewish history on the Temple Mount:
“This is an utterly unacceptable attempt by Adnan al-Husseini, Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister, to write the Jewish people out of Jerusalem’s history. As we said in October, when UNESCO resolved – in al-Husseini’s words – that the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is “of pure …

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UK Foreign Office on Resolution 2334

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has replied to Yachad’s letter to the Foreign Secretary asking the UK to support UNSCR 2334, explaining in detail why they backed the UN Security Council resolution and how it fits with the UK’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
“The UK voted for UNSCR 2334 because of our support for the two-state solution and commitment to Israel as the Jewish homeland.  The UK’s support for UNSCR 2334 is consistent with our long-standing …

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Statement on new building in West Bank settlements

24/01/17
Commenting on the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements, Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld said:
“This attempt to take advantage of the change in American administration to establish new facts on the ground is grossly irresponsible. Building thousands more homes in settlements which are illegal under international law and which directly undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state will push back the cause of …

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UNSC Resolution 2334

On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council voted in support of a resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, alongside demanding immediate steps to ‘prevent acts of violence against all civilians’. The resolution firmly recognises the legitimacy of Israel and reiterates the importance of urgently pursuing diplomatic efforts in order to achieve a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the region. …

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Statement on “legalisation” bill after first reading

Yachad released the following statement on the Knesset bill aimed at legalising settlement construction on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank, after it passed its first reading in the Knesset on 7 December 2016:
“The Israeli government cannot claim to support a two-state solution on the one hand, while formalising the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Israeli settlement on the other. This will be taken by hardliners on both sides as confirmation that the settlements …

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Statement on Settlement Outposts bill

17/11/16
Yachad responded to the bill, which yesterday passed an initial vote at the Knesset, designed to retroactively “legalise” illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank:
“This so-called ‘legalisation’ bill is anything but legal. It is an attempt to give a blank cheque to settler leaders and illegal outposts which are designed to prevent a viable, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, and have long been recognised as illegal by the Israeli government itself. It …

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Yachad letter on UNESCO

In response to a draft UNESCO resolution which fails to affirm the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Yachad sent this letter to the British Ambassador to UNESCO:
Download the letter here
UPDATE: UNESCO passed the resolution this afternoon (13/10/2016), with 24 voting for, 26 abstaining, and 6 – including the UK – against. The letter below was sent this morning, before the …

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