Washington, DC – The “peace plan” announced by the Trump administration today is supposedly meant to alleviate tensions in Israel and Palestine, but a peace negotiation that does not consult one of the involved parties can hardly be called a negotiation. This plan is yet another bad-faith step by Trump and his team to validate the Israeli right and prevent true diplomacy from happening in the region.
The details of the plan are in direct contrast with the resolution passed by the House of Representatives just a few weeks ago, opposing Israeli annexation in the West Bank and settlement expansion in general. Members of the House passed this resolution as a statement of continued U.S. support for a two-state solution, a longstanding principle of American foreign policy that Trump has clearly abandoned.
Today’s announcement is dangerous in many ways and it’s time for all Americans who believe in diplomacy to make their voices heard. We hope to hear from lawmakers, presidential candidates, and everyday Americans in the coming days as we all speak out in defense of the rights of Palestinians and reject this action that compromises the viability of the two-state solution. It’s critical that Israelis, Palestinians, and the rest of the world understand that this administration’s actions do not reflect the future policy of the United States.