April 14, 2016
AIPAC commends the 394 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter to President Barack Obama which reiterates support for a two-state solution and expresses opposition to United Nations (UN) initiatives that circumvent direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and seek to impose a solution. The letter was initiated by Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Kay Granger (R-TX), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
The letter calls on America to continue its role as a trusted mediator adhering to a set of key principles. Among these key principles are: maintaining close coordination with our ally, Israel; encouraging Arab states to support peace efforts; opposing Palestinian efforts to seek statehood recognition in international bodies; and unequivocally condemning Hamas until it renounces terror, accepts Israel’s right to exist, and accepts previously negotiated Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
In recent days, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signaled his intention to seek a new UN Security Council resolution that would dictate the time-frame and terms of an Israeli-Palestinian accord. With this letter, an overwhelming bipartisan House majority has now urged the President to oppose and, if necessary, veto any such one-sided UN Security Council resolution.
The letter can be found here.