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Congress members concerned Israel will annex West Bank


This news story was published on April 15, 2019.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A hard-liner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won re-election in Israel, and U.S. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have a hawkish view on the Jewish nation’s future versus its neighbors, leading some members of Congress to worry about annexation of the disputed West Bank area.

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Nita Lowey, Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Ted Deutch, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism; and Rep. Brad Schneider made the following statement in recent days, outlining their worry over the matter:

“As strong, life-long supporters of Israel, a U.S.-Israel relationship rooted in our shared values, and the two-state solution, we are greatly concerned by the possibility of Israel taking unilateral steps to annex the West Bank. Every one of Israel’s frontiers plays an important role in its security, and Israel’s ability to guard itself from threats is non-negotiable. We hope that any security measures are implemented within the context of preserving the eventual possibility of a two-state solution. Two states for two peoples, negotiated directly by the two sides, with mutually agreed upon land swaps, is the best option to achieve a Jewish, democratic, secure Israel living side-by-side with a democratic, de-militarized Palestinian state.

“This will not be easy. Palestinian leadership has been unwilling to accept any reasonable peace proposal or even to negotiate seriously toward a solution. To paraphrase Abba Eban, the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. And instead of negotiating, they have pursued unilateral statehood through the United Nations.

“Our fear is that such unilateral steps—whether from Israelis or Palestinians—would push the parties farther from a final, negotiated settlement.”

Rockets have been falling in Israel consistently this year, leading to fears of counter-attacks and escalation of fighting in the region.

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7 Responses to Congress members concerned Israel will annex West Bank

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    If you want to know what Israel thinks about the US, read ariel sharons’s quote of Oct 3, 2001 about how “the jewish people control America”. And please don’t delete this again. Thank you.

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    I Should Know Reply Report comment

    April 16, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Sudetenland is German for West Bank.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Curious about Israels attitude toward the US? Read ariel sharons quote on Oct 3, 2001 about how the “jewish people control America”.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Israel wouldn’t exist is not for the stupidity of the U.S Government.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I hope the Israeli’s bomb the shit out of Hamas!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I hope the Israeli’s wipe Hamas off the face of the Earth.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Israel wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for the stupidity of America.