Deutch Statement on Administration's Plan for Peace between Israel and 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 on the Trump Administration’s plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians:
“As a proud pro-Israel Member of Congress, I have consistently expressed my support for a two-state solution, to be negotiated directly between Israel and the Palestinians, that ensures Israel’s security and establishes a viable Palestinian state.
"It wasn’t that long ago that President Trump would not commit to a two-state solution. After today’s announcement, we must hold him to that: a future Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel, in a settlement achieved by direct negotiations between the two parties. Creating conditions on the ground for peace through territorial compromise and a moratorium on building in settlements can form the basis for meaningful negotiations.
"I do have concerns about the ability to achieve contiguity for a sovereign Palestinian state if there are no changes on the ground, as the President stated will be the case. It is not clear that the borders the President lays out are the borders the parties will or should agree to. That’s why direct negotiations will be critical. It is also critical that, until those negotiations begin, there are no unilateral actions that jeopardize the ability to enter those negotiations.
"I appreciate that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Blue and White Leader Gantz came to Washington. We also need to hear the Palestinians' concerns, which will hopefully be in the context of direct negotiations that they choose to enter. We also need to hear the concerns of neighboring states like Jordan who will be significantly impacted by the contents of this plan.
"The Administration’s plan is 181 pages. I will read it carefully to determine whether the details can realistically help lead to lasting peace.
"President Trump cannot proclaim the outcome to direct negotiations, nor can he create borders by fiat. But if the United States can restart a conversation about peace through a two-state solution, that must be our goal."