JCPA notes with pride Israel’s record as a modern democracy, committed through the words of its Declaration of Independence to freedom, justice and peace, and to the pursuit of the social, political, religious and cultural rights of all of its citizens. Our vision of a democratic and secure Israel is one in which Israel is recognized by and lives in peace with its neighbors in the region.
JCPA affirms its support for two independent, democratic and economically viable states — the Jewish State of Israel and a State of Palestine — living side-by-side in peace and security. This vision can only be achieved through direct negotiations. Attempts to achieve Palestinian statehood unilaterally through action by the United Nations—as well as efforts by the Palestinians to achieve full membership as a state in UN-affiliated bodies—are counterproductive.
JCPA works to promote a strong, vibrant Israel that is committed to peace. JCPA also works to counter the delegitimization of Israel through the Israel Action Network (IAN), a joint project of JCPA and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Using a combination of education and action, the IAN works to combat anti-Israel activities such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
JCPA also supports frank and civil dialogue that can help Jewish communities to find consensus on difficult issues, including those connected to Israel. Through our programs on civility, we offer strategies that allow participants to begin the difficult yet necessary conversations that can lead to productive outcomes for their synagogues, schools and communities.
JCPA believes that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability is a paramount national security issue. A nuclear armed Iran would present an existential threat to the State of Israel, undermine the stability of the Middle East as a whole, and pose a danger to the safety and security of the world community. Now that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program is in the implementation stage, JCPA hopes that the plan will successfully deny Iran a nuclear weapon. At the same time, JCPA strongly backs continued U.S. and international sanctions in response to Iran’s human rights abuses, support of terrorism and terrorist groups, destabilizing actions in the region, and tests of conventional weapons such as ballistic missiles.