Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Reaffirms Commitment to Two-State Solution

February 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement reaffirming her commitment to a negotiated resolution that secures two states for two peoples—a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian state:

“Last year, I led a letter to President Obama reiterating that Members of the House remain fully committed to a negotiated resolution that secures two states for two peoples - a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian state, living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition. The letter was signed by 394 of my colleagues – 90% of the House of Representatives. 

“Today President Trump refused to lend his voice toward this goal. Not only were his remarks shameful, they were short-sighted.  A two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only means to ensure Israel’s long-term security and enable Palestinian aspirations for their own state.  That is why Presidents from both parties, the vast majorities of the House and Senate, and the American people have consistently supported this objective, and why President Trump must as well.

“President Trump also failed to address the rise of anti-Semitism and has yet to address xenophobia and intolerance in this country.  Not only is President Trump already going back on his commitment to be ‘President for all Americans,’ he has yet to realize that those who sow division and bigotry are solidly outnumbered by those of us who stand for decency and tolerance.”

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