11 Congress members call on Israel to refrain from West Bank annexatoin
Eleven members of the US Congress have issued a statement responding to reports that Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz has agreed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition negotiation demand that the government move forward with West Bank annexation plans in the coming months.
“As strong supporters of Israel and the United States-Israel relationship, we are deeply concerned by reports that the coalition government being formed in Israel intends to move forward with unilateral annexation of West Bank territory. This runs counter to decades of bipartisan US foreign policy and to the will of the House of Representatives as recently expressed in H.Res.326, which opposes unilateral annexation and explicitly warns against the dangers of such an effort for peace in the region and Israel’s security,” the Congress members say.
The letter was signed by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Rep. David Price (NC-4), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11), Rep. Peter Welch (VT), Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Andy Levin (MI-9), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35).