Gerry Connolly sends letter to Trump on Middle East policy

There’s been a lot of talk about the Trump Administration’s policy towards Israel, which has only been invigorated recently as Mike Pence told AIPAC that Trump is planning on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With that in mind, Rep. David Price and Rep. Gerry Connolly sent a letter to President Trump signed by 191 other Members of Congress who suggesting he express support for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“There must be absolute clarity regarding the United States’ continued support for a negotiated settlement leading to a sustainable two-state solution,” Price and Connolly said. “For decades, American presidents and Israeli prime ministers of all political parties have publicly supported and worked toward attaining a peace agreement that recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a democratic, Jewish state and establishes a demilitarized Palestinian state, coexisting side-by-side in peace and security.”

The letter continued, “We stand ready to help facilitate an environment that fosters the resumption of direct peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians in order to achieve a viable, lasting, and mutually agreed upon two-state solution.”

In addition to coming on the heals of Pence saying the administration will move the embassy to Jerusalem, we’ve also seen President Trump back away from supporting the idea of a two state solution. It therefore shouldn’t be too surprising that Gerry Connolly and others have found it very important to remind the president of America’s bipartisan support of moving forward with this method of bringing peace to the Middle East.

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