Lowey Statement ahead of White House Peace Plan Unveiling
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement ahead of the White House’s expected release of their Israeli-Palestinian peace plan:
“Throughout my time in Congress, I have been a proud supporter of the strong U.S.-Israel relationship and a two-state solution aimed at lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. While we anxiously await details of the President’s peace plan that may be released this week, it is critical that we remember it is longstanding U.S. policy to push for a negotiated resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with mutually agreed upon land swaps, resulting in two states for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security, prosperity, and mutual recognition. 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.
“It is also clear that unilateral actions by Israelis or Palestinians, as well as U.S. backing of such actions, is counterproductive to U.S. foreign policy goals by pushing the parties farther away from the negotiating table. A sustainable peace will only be possible if it is the result of direct negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.
“I stand ready and waiting to work with the Administration if they are prepared to engage in serious diplomacy to help the Israelis and Palestinians find a mutually agreed upon resolution.”