In support of a two-state solution, Congress must insist that the United States continues to defend Israel in the international arena. For over a year, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has rebuffed Secretary Kerry’s efforts to promote peace through bilateral negotiations. Instead, the Palestinians have sought to bypass talks and pursued counterproductive actions at the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court, in direct violation of their commitments to negotiate peace. By abandoning direct talks with Israel and asking international institutions to impose a non-negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abbas’ efforts hinder the prospects for peace. The United States must continue to press the Palestinians to return to direct bilateral negotiations with Israel – the only viable path to achieve a two-state solution.
On June 29, 22 senators sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama regarding the United States’ support for Israel at the U.N. and other international bodies. Authored by Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the letter urges the president to uphold the United States’ longstanding policy and protect Israel at the United Nations. The senators argue that a change in the U.S. posture will hinder the prospects of enduring peace between the two parties.