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APN Welcomes New AIPAC Policy Position on Disengagement

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today welcomed a new policy position in favor of Israel's disengagement plan that was formally adopted this morning as part of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) 2005 Action Agenda.


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May 22, 2005

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Washington, D.C.-Americans for Peace Now (APN) today welcomed a new policy position in favor of Israel's disengagement plan that was formally adopted this morning as part of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) 2005 Action Agenda. The language states that one of AIPAC's priorities in the coming year is "supporting the U.S. Government's backing of Israel's initiative to disengage from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank/Sumaria [sic] and ensuring that the United States and the international community provide the necessary support for that initiative to succeed." APN is a Jewish, Zionist organization that works to enhance Israel's security through peace and
to support the Israeli Peace Now movement.

"We're very pleased that AIPAC has given its formal endorsement to the U.S. government's support for the disengagement initiative," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now. "This new policy
position reflects the broad backing that disengagement enjoys in the American Jewish community and in Israel. The U.S. government views disengagement as a significant part of a broader peace process that can bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the first step in that process and as an historic precedent for other moves that will need to follow, disengagement can be an important tool for Israel to use in securing its future as a Jewish, democratic state."