House Passes Two-State Support Resolution
Measure criticized as rebuke of President Trump
The House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The Vote was 226-188.
House Resolution 326 puts Congress on record supporting the two-state solution and is seen as countering the Trump Administration’s efforts to propose a peace plan that does not include the establishment of an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side with the Jewish State of Israel.
The legislation declares that “only the outcome of a two-state solution . . . can both ensure the state of Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state and fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.”
Amendments affirmed U.S. military support for Israel and called for resumption of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians, which was cut off by the Trump Administration.
Representative Lee Zeldin of New York spoke out against the resolution. “Support for Israel in this chamber has long been bipartisan, and for whatever reason, the majority is choosing to advance their resolution tomorrow that is going to have one of the most partisan votes to ever take place regarding Israel ever in the history of the House of Representatives. Congratulations,” he said on the House floor. He said the bill was “playing partisan politics with what is a powder keg.”
The bill is a symbolic measure designed as an implicit rebuke to President Trump, The Washington Post said.
- About the intentions of many in the House of Representatives to thwart all activities of President Trump.
- For representatives and senators willing to stand in support of U.S.-Israel relations.