Lowey and Fortenberry Introduce Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) introduced the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018 (HR7060). This legislation would help create the conditions on the ground necessary for an eventual end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The bill would establish a Palestinian Partnership Fund to facilitate and finance joint economic ventures and people-to-people exchanges between Israelis and Palestinians. Additionally, the legislation would instruct the Administration to make every effort to seek additional contributions for the Fund from Middle Eastern and European countries and the rest of the international community.
Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced companion legislation (S.3549) in the Senate.
“I have always believed that a two-state solution is the only framework that would lead to two states for two peoples,” Lowey said. “But this dream will only be realized through efforts on the ground to stimulate economic development and community ties between Israelis and Palestinians. This legislation would be a critical step in the reconciliation process necessary for there to one day be a democratic, Jewish State of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”
“We often hear about the ‘the road map for peace in the Middle East,’” Fortenberry said. “The challenge is laying the proper foundation for the road. Building on previous U.S. efforts at reconciliation, this bipartisan bill is a genuine attempt by the United States to regenerate our historic role in finding creative and imaginative pathways to secure a sustainable peace. This starts by recreating new and better economic and interpersonal linkages for prosperity and interconnectedness between the region’s peoples.”
Several organizations support the Palestinian Partnership Fund, including the Alliance for Middle East Peace, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
Congressman Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. Congresswoman Lowey is a Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and the Full Committee on Appropriations.
The full text of the bill is available here.