U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights will help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We believe this increases the likelihood that we will achieve a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” said the Secretary of State as he appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the budget required for his 2020 mandate.
Pompeo defended changing the parameters of Washington’s policy regarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, emphasizing that it is “ultimately” the parties that will have to find a solution to the conflict that will allow them to live hand in hand.
“We think the Golan Heights recognition speaks with the clarity that takes this away from any uncertainty about how we’ll proceed,” he said,
Asked when the Trump Administration will present its peace proposal, Pompeo replied jokingly ” in 20 years. He was not trying to avoid the question but simply did not have a precise answer.
The Secretary of State told lawmakers that the peace plan, which is expected to be publicized after the April 9 elections in Israel, will break with old paradigms on core issues such as Jerusalem and Israeli settlements, since the old approach has clearly failed.
The ” Deal of the Century” aka the Trump administration’s peace plan is unlikely to draw Palestinian support, as the Palestinian Authority has been rejecting U.S. mediation following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.
“I’m very confident that what was tried before failed, and I’m optimistic that what we’re doing will give us a better likelihood that we’ll achieve the outcomes that would be better for both the people of Israel and the Palestinian people as well,” the U.S. Secretary of State said.
Pompeo rejected allegations from Democratic lawmakers that the Trump Administration is moving away from U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Those are the parameters that were largely at hand in the discussions before and that led to where we are today, no resolution,” Pompeo said.