POMPEO DECLINES TO REAFFIRM TRUMP COMMITMENT TO TWO-STATE SOLUTION
In a four minutes exchange between Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Secretary Pompeo, the two argued about the prospects of an upcoming peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
BY OMRI NAHMIAS. APRIL 11, 2019. jerusalem post.
WASHINGTON – US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to endorse a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee
hearing on Wednesday regarding the State Department 2020 budget request, Pompeo
expressed hope that the upcoming peace plan would create the conditions in
which Israelis and Palestinians could solve the conflict, but did not provide
In a four-minute exchange between Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Pompeo, the two argued about the prospects of an upcoming peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Kaine pressured Pompeo to declare the US official position is still to back the two-state solution, but Pompeo declined to give a definite answer.
“I want to
ask you about what US policy is right now,” said Kaine. “Would we support
annexation of the West Bank? Do we oppose it? Are we indifferent to whether
Responded Pompeo: “We are now working with many parties to share what our vision [is] as to how to resolve this problem,” adding that “for decades, there had been all these wonderful experts that have tried to resolve this crisis in the Middle East, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people, and they have each failed. So the old set of ideas aren’t worth retreading. They have simply not succeeded. We are hopeful that our vision, our ideas about what this might look like, how we might proceed to do that, will create the conditions where the Israelis and the Palestinians can resolve this.”
When Kaine asked Pompeo whether he believes that the two-state solution falls into the category of “old ideas,” the secretary of state replied: “It’s certainly been an idea that’s been around a long time, senator. I would argue that millions of man-hours have been spent to try and build out a two-state solution. It hasn’t worked to date. It may work this afternoon, but it hasn’t.”
Kaine tried again, and asked Pompeo if there was a change in US policy.
probably ask 15 other different ways, too, senator,” said Pompeo. “I think
ultimately the individuals in the region will sort this out. We want good
things for the Palestinians.”
AIPAC tweeted at on Wednesday that “Once again, Israel has demonstrated through the ballot box that it is a vibrant democracy with a wide diversity of views and robust citizen involvement. We congratulate @IsraeliPM @netanyahu and all the newly elected members of the Knesset.”
Jason Greenblatt tweeted on Wednesday night, “Congratulations to Bibi @Netanyahu on the results of the Israeli election. Thanks to @POTUS, the bond between our two countries has never been stronger!”