Peace Now today issued the following statement: Both Peace Now and APN have always recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and have always recognized Israeli sovereignty in West Jerusalem.
In the context of ongoing attacks on Peace Now related to the actions of Americans for Peace Now (APN) in the United States, Peace Now wishes to clarify the following:
Americans for Peace Now (APN) is an independent American, Jewish, Zionist organization. In this capacity, APN weighed in with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a case that deals with a law passed by the U.S. Congress, relating to U.S. policy in Jerusalem, which was deemed unconstitutional by President Clinton, President George W. Bush, and President Obama a case. APN submitted an “amicus brief” to the Court supporting the positions of those three U.S. presidents.
This action was taken by APN on its own. The Israeli Peace Now movement was not involved in APN’s decision to file the brief or in writing the brief. Peace Now does not endorse the contents of the brief and is in no way party to its submission to the U.S. Supreme Court. Peace Now views this Supreme Court case – which at its heart is a battle between the White House and Congress over control of foreign policy – as a strictly American domestic issue on which we do not take a position.
Peace Now wishes to further clarify the following:
Both Peace Now and APN have always recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and have always recognized Israeli sovereignty in West Jerusalem. This recognition is regardless of the policy of the U.S. or any other country, past or present. Any efforts to portray the position of either organization as anything else reflect either ignorance or a deliberate desire to misinform and mislead.