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The bimonthly FCNL Washington Newsletter provides news and analysis for a selection of domestic and international issues with a primary focus on peace, disarmament, international cooperation, and social and economic justice.

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Opening the Door to Peace in Israel-Palestine

The hypermilitarized U.S. approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to change. Unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel — making up 20 percent of Israel's military budget — is part of the problem. So is the fact that U.S. policymakers too often view the security of Israelis and Palestinians as a zero-sum game, rather than focusing on the ways their security is interlinked. Israel’s nearly half-century military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip endangers the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Gaza Is About to Run Out of Water. The U.S. Can Help.

A human-created catastrophe is brewing. In Gaza, home to 1.8 million people in an area about the size of Detroit, the only local source of groundwater will be completely contaminated by the end of this year.

What about Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions?

Some Quaker organizations have become involved in the BDS movement, and BDS has become a topic of growing concern in Quaker meetings and churches. FCNL has not taken a position on the BDS movement and its associated consumer and shareholder advocacy campaigns.

Life Under the Blockade

While U.S. mainstream media reports focus on Israel-Palestine primarily when violence breaks out, visiting the region offers a fuller picture. As FCNL advances policy proposals in the U.S. to mitigate and address the conflict, we want to listen to the people most affected so we can reflect that experience back to U.S. policymakers.

How the U.S. Can Influence Israeli-Palestinian Peace

There are no quick fixes; however, there are steps that can help move towards peace. The U.S.’s close relationship with Israel and influence in the region mean that our government can make a difference in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis and help pave the way for a just and peaceful resolution of the conflict.


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