Republican party appears to officially back one-state solution

A brilliant piece of reporting from Mitchell Plitnick, former director of the US office of B’Tselem. According to Plitnick, the Republican National Committee has adopted a resolution supporting one state in Israel-Palestine. The text of the resolution can be found here.

As Plitnick points out, the key passage that suggests that the Republican party is going one state reads as follows:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the members of this body support Israel in their natural and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others; and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people.

Writing on his website,, says: “This news came to me via a very trusted source, but both I and my source were puzzled by the fact that we could find nothing in the media confirming this. I called the RNC, but they would neither confirm nor deny.”

So Plitnick got in touch with Cindy Costa, the RNC’s National Committeewoman and the sponsor of the resolution. He sent her the resolution in its entirety and asked if it was, indeed, “an officially adopted RNC resolution.”

Costa, who hails from South Carolina where an identical resolution was passed in the state House of Representatives in June 2011, responded, “Yes it was adopted unanimously by the RNC last Friday at our winter meeting in New Orleans.  Cindy”

As Plitnick points out, denying that Israel is an occupying power and denying that the land belongs to others means that the Republicans support, in theory, an Israeli annexation of the West Bank.