The House has passed a resolution supporting the two-state policy to resolve the long-standing Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The resolution was introduced after including the amendments offered by both the Republicans and Democrats to achieve bipartisan support.
The bill currently known as House Resolution 326 opposes the plan of Trump administration that does not recognize the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, a Jewish country.
The conflict began in the mid-20th century due to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank territory of the region and is now the longest-standing conflict, playing a major role in maintaining peace in the Middle East region.
To resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, two amendments introduced on Thursday included calls to recommence humanitarian aid to Palestinians, which Trump administration had stopped, and to continue providing military support to Israel.
The Democrats’ efforts to introduce the bill comes in support of the polls of 2007, wherein a two-state solution was chosen as the best solution to resolve the long-standing conflict. Moreover, the bill is an attempt to honor multiple attempts made in the past, like Oslo Accords in 1993, Camp David Summit in 2000, and Taba Summit in 2001.
However, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Justin Amash voted against the introduction of the bill.
Tlaib in response to her vote said, “I think with my direct ties of actually having not only a grandmother there, but a number of relatives, for us to truly get a peaceful resolution, I think we need to be honest brokers and tell the truth and the fact that the word occupation was taken out [of the resolution], it tells you that we’re not being honest.”
While the House voted on Thursday to introduce the bill, it successfully passed the full resolution on Friday, despite the possibility that the Republicans might withdraw their support to the bill as the resolution to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict was redundant and partisan, according to some of the GOP lawmakers.
While the Democratic-led House passed the bill with a vote of 226 to 188, Tlaib still stands against it, saying she favors one-state policy instead of the former.
Although, the White House officials and the Israeli government have not offered any comments on the bill yet, the Palestinian government issued a statement that said, “This resolution is a clear message to the U.S. administration and Israel that peace comes only through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the fulfillment of the aspirations of the Palestinian people.”