U.S. Congress

Sample (Draft) Joint Resolution of U.S. Congress for Accepting Israel and Palestine into the United States

Begun and held at the city of Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Month, Day, Year

1. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress does consent that the territory properly included within, and rightfully belonging to Israel and Palestine, may be erected into two new American states, to be called the state of Israel and the state of Palestine, with republican forms of government, to be adopted by the peoples of said states, with the consent of the existing governments, in order that the same may be admitted as two new states of this Union.

2. And be it further resolved, that the foregoing consent of Congress is given upon the following conditions, and with the following guarantees, to wit:

First-said states to be formed in accordance with boundaries as they existed prior to the 1967 War with the following provisos:

a) Palestine be comprised of that territory known as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including that portion of Jerusalem under Jordanian control prior to the 1967 War as well as the international zones of East Jerusalem;

b) Israel be comprised of that territory under Israeli control prior to the 1967 War, including the "no man's zones" of Jerusalem, as well as lands captured from Syria in the Golan Heights;

c) All such borders are subject to adjustment by this government with regard to all questions of boundary that may arise with other governments, including in particular the Golan Heights;

d) Neither state may erect checkpoints, gates or other impediments to the free flow of people and commerce between them.

Second- that the constitutions thereof, with the proper evidence of their adoption by the people of said Israel and Palestine, shall be transmitted to the President of the United States, to be laid before Congress for its final action, on or before the last day of the 12th month following the date of this resolution.

Third- said states, when admitted into the Union, after ceding to the United States all fortifications, barracks, navy and navy-yards, aircraft, missiles, arms, armaments, and all other property and means pertaining to the public defense, shall retain all the public funds, debts, taxes, and dues of every kind which may belong to or be due and owing said Israel and Palestine.

Fourth- said states, when admitted into the Union, shall be admitted on an equal basis with all other states and pending the decennial census in 2010 shall be allocated two seats each in the U.S. Senate and eight seats to Israel plus four seats to Palestine in the House of Representatives, such division reflecting current population estimates of each state.

Fifth- to accommodate legislative representative of said states, with minimal disruption to current legislative representation, Congress shall adopt legislation when admitting said states to the Union that increases at that time the size of the House of Representatives by 12 seats, to 447 seats total, and further increases the size of the House of Representatives to 450 seats in 2012 to accommodate reapportionment based upon the 2010 decennial census.

Sixth- to provide assurance with regard to citizenship and rights of return, upon admitting said states to the Union the following persons shall be deemed U.S. citizens with a right of residence in the state of their choice:

a) Persons currently citizens of Israel or Palestine;

b) Persons born, or descended from persons born, in Israel or Palestine subsequent to 1920 but now currently stateless, together with their immediate family;

c) Persons with a compelling reason to live permanently in Israel or Palestine, such as ancestral roots, who demonstrate lawful residence as such pursuant to a new "territorial reunion" visa that will be awarded in adequate number each year by U.S. embassies worldwide.

Seventh- in order to regularize and harmonize international law relating to Israel and Palestine, upon admission of said states to the Union, and upon adoption by the United Nations of a resolution that satisfies the two following conditions, $1 billion shall be transferred to the United Nations for the express purposes set forth below:

a) a UN resolution shall recognize equal statehood of Israel and Palestine within the United States as fulfillment of its previous boundary-related resolutions relating to Israel and Palestine

b) a UN resolution shall establish a Palestinian Claims Adjustment Forum with operating rules that provide for it to equitably allocate $1 billion among all likely claimants for losses incurred as a direct result of the 1948 Partition of the British Mandate in Palestine, including changes to borders through the date of the 1949 Armistice.

Eighth- In order to facilitate the integration of Israel and Palestine into the United States, upon admission of said states to the Union, the government shall assume liability for claims of citizens of either state against either state for unlawful deprivation of life, liberty or property subsequent to the 1949 Armistice.

3. Then, Be it resolved, upon satisfaction of the aforesaid conditions and implementation of the aforesaid guarantees, that two states, to be formed out of the present boundaries of Israel and Palestine, with suitable extent and boundaries, and with representatives in Congress as specified above, until the 2012 apportionment of representation, shall be admitted into the Union, by virtue of legislation implementing this resolution, on an equal footing with the existing states.

4. And be it further resolved that the President of the United States is invited to offer this Joint Resolution of Congress to the leaders of Israel and Palestine, and to convey to such leaders that this Joint Resolutions is an invitation from the People of the United States to the Peoples of Israel and Palestine to join this Union as its 51st and 52nd states.

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