Representatives from 49 countries and international organizations gathered this November in Annapolis to lay the foundations for the establishment of a free and democratic Palestinian State, to strengthen the security of the State of Israel and to create an environment conducive to the reduction of tensions in the region.
The outcome of the Annapolis peace conference included a pledge by both Israel and the Palestinians to intensify negotiations with a goal of reaching a peace treaty by the end of 2008. Along the way, both parties reaffirmed their obligations under the 2003 "roadmap," including an end to Palestinian violence and to new Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The fulfillment of these obligations will be monitored and judged by an American-led group.
The joint statement issued at the end of the conference did not specifically mention the critical issues that need to be addressed by what is promised to be a pattern of continuous negotiations, but those issues are understood to include the borders of the Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem, a resolution of Palestinian claims of a right to return and a full range of security guarantees for Israel.
The United States has promised its vigorous support for the negotiations, and discussions have already begun for the convening of an international donors' conference in the next several months that would lay the groundwork for financial incentives to enhance the possibility of success.
THEREFORE, the Union for Reform Judaism resolves to:
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