Massachusetts Peace Action –
Palestine/Israel Working Group
Massachusetts Peace Action’s priorities are: nuclear disarmament; federal funds for human needs rather than military uses; ending wars and preventing new ones from starting; a foreign policy based on diplomacy rather than militarism.
The conflict in the Middle East is connected to each of these areas.
Disarmament. Israel’s nuclear weapons threaten its neighbors and make it difficult to promote a nuclear-free Middle East. The ongoing militarization of the region drives a dangerous arms race.
Military budget. Israel receives more U.S. military aid than any other country. U.S. weapons help Israel to avoid compromising with Palestinians and its neighbors. Reducing military aid to the region will reduce tensions there and will redirect funds for human needs here. The U.S. should encourage changes in Israeli policy by tying financial aid to its ending the Occupation.
Ending wars and preventing new ones. Israel’s continued advocacy of a military strike on Iran keeps the region on edge and is the main driver of a threatened U.S.-Iran conflict.
Diplomacy instead of militarism. Sustained diplomatic efforts to end the Occupation are essential to resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict and can serve as a model for broader regional efforts. U.S.-supported occupation and continued settlement expansion in the West Bank sets Israel and the U.S. at odds with the entire Arab people and isolates the U.S. from world public opinion. Addressing these issues diplomatically would lead to a safer, more peaceful Middle East.