Israel is the homeland and refuge for millions of Jewish people who have fled anti-Semitism worldwide. I recognize the tremendous friendship that our country and the State of Israel have enjoyed over the past seven decades; our intelligence, military, and diplomatic relationships are essential for American interests abroad.

I also support a common sense two state solution. Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve the right to self-determination. But I am also deeply concerned that this administration does not have a comprehensive plan to move the peace process forward. The United States needs to act as an honest peace broker in Israel and the Middle East at-large, and the White House’s actions to move unilaterally on major foreign policy decisions hurts our reputation and efforts to act as an arbiter in this immensely complicated issue.

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