More than 100 Democrats in the US House of Representatives signed today a letter rejecting President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, known as the “deal of the century”, saying it would “hurt Israelis and Palestinians alike, pushing them toward further conflict.”
“It does not have our support, and the Israeli government must not take it as a license to violate international law by annexing all or portions of the West Bank,” according to the letter, led by Democratic Reps. Alan Lowenthal and Andy Levin.
The letter read, “In addition to the highly problematic nature of your proposal, the timing of its release suggests motives unrelated to helping solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The House in December passed a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 326, affirming support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that may be achieved through direct negotiations, without any unilateral annexation of territory.
The Palestinian leadership and the majority of Arab states have rejected the Trump administration’s proposal, which envisions a noncontiguous Palestinian state encircled by an Israeli security barrier, with Israel exercising security control over the West Bank and Jordan Valley, as well as air, land and sea ports.