What is Jen Perelman’s Policy Position on the State of Israel?
I support Israel’s right to be a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people. Israel has a right to protect itself, and its people have the right to live in safety, security and peace. I also believe that Palestinians are entitled to that same safety, security and peace. They are entitled to basic human rights, dignity, and — ultimately — a national homeland. The only way to make that happen is through a two-state solution in which Palestinians have a state of their own including the occupied West Bank, with borders based on the 1967 lines and a shared capital in Jerusalem.
I oppose any action on either side of the conflict that obstructs the path toward a peaceful two-state existence. I oppose the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as well as demolitions and forced relocations of Palestinian communities. Such actions deepen Israeli control over land that should comprise a future Palestinian state, while increasing the odds of hostility and violence. Also concerning is the fact that Palestinians cannot vote in Israeli elections or participate in Israeli government services. Economic opportunity has hollowed out, and life under the military occupation is demoralizing and dehumanizing. On the other side, I stand against incendiary rhetoric on the part of Palestinian leaders and the continued embrace of terrorism on the part of Hamas. These deeds and tactics undermine Israeli security, endanger Palestinian lives, and harm the prospects for achieving sustainable peace.
Promoting an Israeli state that reflects our values of democracy, justice, and inclusion.
Encouraging and supporting the state of Israel to adopt and transition to a two-state solution.
Bringing the United States back into JCPOA (Iran deal) to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and avoid a war of choice with Iran.