Ahead of the slated demolition of two West Bank villages, 10 Democratic senators sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to halt the plans. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren were among the senators who signed the letter.


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Ten Democratic US senators sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, urging him to halt the planned demolition of two villages in the West Bank. According to the senators, four of whom are Jewish, the demolitions would be an “irreversible step away from the two-state solution.”

The letter was signed by California’s Dianne Feinstein, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy, Illinois’s Dick Durbin, Delaware’s Tom Carper, Minnesota’s Al Franken, Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren, New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, and Hawaii’s Brian Schatz.

“We have long championed a two-state solution as a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” they wrote. “Yet, your government’s efforts to forcibly evict entire Palestinian communities and expand settlements throughout the West Bank not only directly imperil a two-state solution, but we believe also endanger Israel’s future as a Jewish democracy.”

The two villages that are slated for demolition are the Palestinian village of Susiya and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village near Ma’ale Adumim. According to Israel, the villages were built illegally.

On Wednesday morning, Israeli security forces began enforcing the Supreme Court ruling about the demolition of 17 buildings in the Netiv Ha’Avot outpost. The first demolition was carried out after the security forces managed to remove the activists who gathered in the outpost to protest the ruling.