Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington. Picture: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington. Picture: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

US House passes resolution supporting two-state Mideast solution

By Shabtai Gold Time of article published Dec 6, 2019

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Washington - The US House of Representatives passed a

resolution supporting the two-state solution to the conflict between

the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The non-binding resolution is a rebuke to the administration of

President Donald Trump, which moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to

Jerusalem and announced it does not see Israeli settlements on the

occupied West Bank as inconsistent with international law.

Both moves were in opposition to decades of established US policy and

were accompanied by drastic cuts worth some 200 million dollars in US

humanitarian assistance for Palestinians.

"Any US proposal to achieve a just, stable, and lasting solution

should expressly endorse a two-state solution and discourage steps

that would put a peaceful resolution further out of reach," said the

resolution.

The motion passed 226 to 188, with Democrats largely in favour, while

Republicans were generally opposed.

The text explicitly reiterated US support for Israel's security. Alan

Lowenthal, the Democratic lawmaker who introduced the bill, also said

the US should not turn its back on the Palestinians.

Rashida Tlaib, the only member of Congress of Palestinian descent,

addressed lawmakers from the floor wearing a traditional

black-and-white scarf, and voted against the motion, saying the

two-state solution was no longer "realistic."

The official position of the Palestinian Authority is supportive of a

two-state solution, even as it has broken off high level interactions

with the US, accusing the Trump administration of being biased in

favour of Israel.

President Donald Trump vowed to introduce a plan that would bring

peace to the region, and instructed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to

take the lead.

While a vague economic plan was announced, no political segment was

forthcoming and analysts have been highly sceptical it had any chance

of success. Meanwhile, Israel has held two elections this year and

may be set for a third, freezing any diplomacy.

There is concern the unwavering pro-Israel stance of the Trump

administration could empower an Israeli government to annex territory

on the West Bank.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month denied that the recent

changes in policy were designed to electorally help Israeli Prime

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Trump ally.

dpa

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