Over 100 House Dems Reject Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan in Open Letter

Over 100 House Democrats have signed a letter rejecting President Trump’s middle east peace plan.

Some high profile names among the signers include Andy Levin, Steve Cohen, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Judy Chu, Ilhan Omar, Pramila Jayapal, Jackie Speier, Ro Khanna, and Hank Johnson.

Here is the letter below.

 

The Hill reports more than 100 House Democrats on Friday signed a letter to President Trump rejecting his Middle East peace plan, saying it would “hurt Israelis and Palestinians alike, pushing them toward further conflict.”

The open letter, led by Democratic Reps. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.) and Andy Levin (Mich.), warned that Trump’s plan “paves the way for a permanent occupation of the West Bank.”

“It does not have our support, and the Israeli government must not take it as license to violate International law by annexing all or portions of the West Bank,” they wrote.

The House in December passed a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 326, led by Lowenthal and affirming U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is achieved through direct negotiations and without any unilateral annexation of territory.

During the plan’s unveiling ceremony at the White House on Jan. 27, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to immediately exercise Israeli control over areas in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, though he has since retreated on that pledge.

A senior Israeli official later told reporters there were “technical” difficulties over whether the U.S. plan allowed for Israel to move forward on annexation immediately or not.