A group of Democratic U.S. senators are drafting a resolution declaring U.S. support for a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, The purpose of the resolution is to counter any attempt Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the West Bank. Something that was promised by Netanyahu during his previous election campaign.
The draft resolution was made by Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley and co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Tammy Duckworth, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Tammy Baldwin, Tom Udall and Dick Durbin.
The resolution says that “the policy of the United States should be to preserve conditions conducive to a negotiated two-state solution”.
“Unilateral annexation of portions of the West Bank would jeopardize prospects for a two-state solution, harm Israel’s relationship with its Arab neighbors, threaten Israel’s Jewish and democratic identity, and undermine Israel’s security,” the resolution says.
Israeli diplomats in Washington, led by Ambassador Ron Dermer, are trying to block this resolution from passing, according to reports by Israeli Television Channel 13.
Jared Kushner, the man behind the “”Deal of The Century” has indicated that the terminology of ”two states” will not be in the language of the peace deal and that Jerusalem will continue to be the Capital of Israel.
At the Washington Institute for Near Policy Kushner said, “If you say ‘two states’ to the Israelis it means one thing, and if you say ‘two states’ to the Palestinians it means another thing. So we said, let’s just not say it. Let’s just work on the details of what that means”.
The Trump team is expected to unveil the economic parts of the peace plan at the Bahrain Conference scheduled for June 25th-26th