Chairman Deutch Statement ahead of White House Announcement of Peace Plan
In advance of the White House's announcement of its peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism issued this statement:
"Like the rest of the world, I have read with great interest speculative reports of what might be in the Trump Administration’s peace plan. As Chairman of the Middle East Subcommittee, I have been trying to get briefed on this plan for two years to ensure this policy would help contribute to greater peace and security.
"As we anticipate today's visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz, it is important to remember that no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can or should be imposed. As I review the plan, the underlying question is whether the United States will be helping to foster a return to direct negotiations between the two parties or instead encouraging unilateral action by either party that could damage the prospect for peace.
"This is not a campaign issue for America or for Israel; it is about whether the plan preserves the possibility of a two-state solution that can lead to lasting peace in the Middle East."