Rep. Price Slams One-Sided Middle East “Plan”
WASHINGTON, DC (January 28, 2020) – Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC), released a statement on the White House announcement of a “peace” plan with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party Chairman Benny Gantz:
“Today’s White House announcement is no serious attempt at peace; it’s a one-sided annexation plan. Any legitimate effort to achieve peace in the Middle East must actively engage both Israelis and Palestinian leaders, which the Trump administration failed to do. It has rather embraced the wish list of the Israeli right-wing.
"It is clear that this “plan” is not about negotiations--it’s about seeking to permanently alter the bipartisan and international consensus on final status issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s a proposal with terms dictated by one side, which is a recipe for instability and amounts to nothing more than political posturing.
“It remains true that the only real path to peace is through a two-state solution negotiated directly by the two parties, which was recently reaffirmed with a bipartisan vote on the House floor. In Congress, as the coequal branch of government, I will continue working to reinforce bipartisan support for a viable, secure, and just two-state solution.”
Congressman Price has long been a leader in promoting a viable, secure, and just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Congressman Price strongly supported the December 6, 2019, passage of H.Res. 326, a resolution regarding U.S. efforts to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution. On March 24, 2017, Congressman Price spearheaded a bipartisan letter with Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, signed by 191 Members of Congress urging President Trump to reaffirm support for a two-state solution. On January 5, 2017, Congressman Price introduced H.Res.23, a resolution reaffirming long-standing U.S. policy in support of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Other efforts include, but are not limited to, an August 8, 2018, letter urging President Trump to promote engagement between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as an October 2, 2018, letter signed by 112 Members of Congress urging the Trump administration to reverse its decision to cut critical assistance for regional stability in the Middle East, particularly in the West Bank and Gaza. Further, during a Congressional hearing on March 27, 2019, Congressman Price directly questioned Secretary Pompeo on the Trump administration’s moves to undercut the Middle East peace process.