Schneider Statement on Trump Administration’s Plan for Peace in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

January 31, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) released the following statement:

“Throughout my life, I have supported Israel, advocated for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and prayed for peace and security for Israel and her neighbors. In Congress, I have consistently promoted U.S. support for Israel, concurrent with the pursuit of peace through a two-state agreement, negotiated by the Israelis and Palestinians directly. I continue to strongly believe this is the only viable way to achieve sustainable security, peace and prosperity for both peoples.

“On its surface, President Trump’s recently released vision for peace builds on the positions of past administrations by acknowledging long-established principles, including the primacy of Israel’s security, the unity of Jerusalem, the establishment of two-states for two peoples through direct negotiations and territorial compromise, and negotiations concluding with the finality of all claims. Such formal statements represent progress by this administration.

“However, having taken the time to closely study the proposal, the fuller details of the President’s vision raise many questions and concerns, in particular regarding the prospect and viable contiguity of a future, sovereign Palestinian state. Rather than recoiling from negotiations, I urge the Palestinians to urgently return to the negotiating table and work with Israel to bring forth the peace-filled future both peoples desire.”

“At the same time, it is imperative that neither side pursue unilateral actions that would jeopardize or prejudice those negotiations or move us further from peace, including unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel or dismantling of security agreements with Israel by the Palestinians.

“Achieving a just and resilient peace will be difficult, requiring courage, compromise and concessions by both sides.  The United States has an important role to play in helping the parties get back to the negotiating table and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration, and partners in the region to ensure peace for two-states becomes a reality.”