The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) expresses its unequivocal support for the State of Israel as it considers extending sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, the native lands of indigenous Jewish people. International law, facts on the ground, and the will of the Israeli people support this decision.

A fair, accurate, and unbiased reading of international law establishes an unbroken link between modern and ancient Israel. It is important to note that Judea and Samaria were part of the original land designated by the British Mandate for the creation of a National Home for the Jewish People.

In particular, we reject assertions made by the European Union and the United Nations that Israel’s extension of sovereignty would violate international law and categorically dismiss false claims that these lands are under a military occupation, which might be covered by the Geneva convention.

Some have expressed concern that Israel’s extension of sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria will result in violence from Palestinians and terrorist organizations. While security considerations are significant, we do not believe the State of Israel should be frozen into inaction and held hostage by its enemies, who find any reason to threaten violence. On the contrary, we believe that the application of sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria will create certainty and enhance stability in the area and lead to greater peace.

Finally, as an advocacy organization, we commit to engaging America’s elected leaders at every level of government, ensuring they understand the real history of Judea and Samaria, relevant and applicable international law, and the true prospects for peace following Israel’s extension of sovereignty in these lands.

 

About the Israeli-American Civic Action Network:
The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) is a movement of Israeli and American grassroots activists and leaders creating change for a better America, a more secure Israel, and a stronger U.S. – Israel alliance through advocacy education, civic action, and campaigns and elections.