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Trump backs down on U.S. support for two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin both declined to commit to the internationally accepted recipe of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a diplomatic shift for both governments that could signal a realignment of the traditional peace process. At a joint news conference Wednesday ahead of their first White House summit,…

3 Responses to “Trump backs down on U.S. support for two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians”

  1. admin says:

    Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement reaffirming her commitment to a negotiated resolution that secures two states for two peoples—a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian state:

    “Last year, I led a letter to President Obama reiterating that Members of the House remain fully committed to a negotiated resolution that secures two states for two peoples – a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian state, living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition. The letter was signed by 394 of my colleagues – 90% of the House of Representatives.

    “Today President Trump refused to lend his voice toward this goal. Not only were his remarks shameful, they were short-sighted. A two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only means to ensure Israel’s long-term security and enable Palestinian aspirations for their own state. That is why Presidents from both parties, the vast majorities of the House and Senate, and the American people have consistently supported this objective, and why President Trump must as well.

    “President Trump also failed to address the rise of anti-Semitism and has yet to address xenophobia and intolerance in this country. Not only is President Trump already going back on his commitment to be ‘President for all Americans,’ he has yet to realize that those who sow division and bigotry are solidly outnumbered by those of us who stand for decency and tolerance.”

  2. admin says:

    The Republican Jewish Coalition Released the following statement from Executive Director Matt Brooks:

    “Today’s meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu is a welcome sign that a new era has arrived for United States-Israel relations. It is in the interests of both our nations’ securities that we recognize the fundamental challenges facing the region, and their root causes. Whether it’s preventing a nuclear Iran, or the responsibilities of the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table in order to reach peace, we will only achieve our mutual goals if we stand united in the process. Thankfully, it’s clear that going forward there will be no daylight between the U.S. and our closest ally in the Middle East.”

  3. admin says:

    Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump’s comments at a press conference regarding a two-state solution.

    “President Trump’s apparent confusion about the need for a two-state solution undermines Israel’s security and the prospects for peace. His jumbled response to a question about his commitment to a two-state solution leaves us with more questions than answers. A peace agreement establishing a two-state solution has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy for decades and I continue to believe that it is the most credible way to achieve a lasting peace.”

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