Reps. Price and Connolly Call on Trump Administration to Stop Equivocating on Two-State Solution
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen David Price (D-NC) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement after the Trump Administration refused this week to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to a two-state solution. In March, following the President’s remarks that, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one both parties like,” Connolly and Price sent a bipartisan letter signed by 191 members of Congress urging the President to clearly reaffirm the United States’ longstanding, bipartisan commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“The Trump Administration must stop equivocating on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a two-state solution is the only viable and just path to achieve peace and security for the Israeli and Palestinian people. This week, the State Department refused to acknowledge whether the Administration would commit to endorsing a two-state solution. This is irresponsible and damaging to the prospects for peace and American leadership in the region. Furthermore, it undermines and reverses decades of longstanding, bipartisan U.S. foreign policy.
As 191 Republican and Democratic members of Congress warned President Trump in March of this year, “a one-state outcome risks destroying Israel’s Jewish and Democratic character, denies the Palestinians fulfillment of their legitimate aspirations, and would leave both Israelis and Palestinians embroiled in an endless and intractable conflict for generations to come.”
We implore the State Department and the Trump Administration to reaffirm the United States’ support for a viable, lasting, and mutually-agreed upon two-state solution and to make this support clear in public and private statements.
The Israeli and Palestinian people deserve a peaceful and secure future—and the United States must not waiver in our conviction to realize a democratic, Jewish state and a demilitarized Palestinian state, coexisting side-by-side in peace and security.”
The March 2017 Connolly-Price letter can be found here.