House Reaffirms Support for Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Opposition to Imposed Solutions

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November 29, 2016
House Reaffirms Support for Direct
Israeli-P
alestinian Negotiations, Opposition to Imposed Solutions

AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for adopting H. Con. Res. 165. This bipartisan resolution reaffirms support for direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations leading to a sustainable two-state solution, and it reiterates opposition to United Nations (U.N.) Security Council efforts that would impose a solution to the conflict. The resolution was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).

The measure states that “it is the long-standing policy of the United States Government that a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only come through direct, bilateral negotiations between the two parties.” It further notes that “efforts to impose a solution or parameters for a solution can make negotiations more difficult and can set back the cause of peace.”

Warning against “any widespread international recognition of a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood outside of the context of a peace agreement with Israel,” the resolution calls on the United States “to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel.” Finally, the resolution urges Washington “to support and facilitate the resumption of negotiations without preconditions between Israelis and Palestinians toward a sustainable peace agreement.”

In September, 88 senators signed a bipartisan letter urging President Obama to maintain long-standing U.S. policy and veto any one-sided U.N. Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

The text of the resolution can be found here.
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