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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Potential Unilateral Annexation of West Bank Territory

Jun 20, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement expressing concern about Israel’s potential unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank:


“Israel is a vital ally and friend to the United States, and the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel has a long history. A strong Israel is in the best interest of both of our countries, which is why continued U.S. security assistance to Israel remains a fundamental part of our strategic partnership. As a long-time advocate for robust U.S.-Israel relations, I worry that unilateral annexation of West Bank territory could have detrimental consequences for Israel’s security and regional stability. I also urge the Palestinians to come back to the negotiating table and work with Israel to find a lasting resolution. U.S. policy has been consistently rooted in the pursuit of a two-state solution that is directly negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians. I am concerned that should either side pursue unilateral action, an enduring peace for Israelis and Palestinians will become unattainable.”