Senate Democrats have proposed an amendment to a national security supplemental package, endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state.
This measure has garnered support from nearly every member of their conference, with only two exceptions: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and John Fetterman of Pennsylvania.
The amendment follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejection of U.S. calls for a Palestinian state after the Israel-Hamas war. President Biden urged Netanyahu to scale back the military offensive in Gaza. However, Netanyahu insisted the war would not end until Hamas was destroyed and the remaining 130 hostages held by the terrorist group were freed.
“The U.S. government has long supported a two-state solution as a path to a just and lasting peace in the region, and our amendment reaffirms our continued commitment to that vision,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, the sponsor of the amendment.
“The horrors of the war on and since October 7th have underscored the fundamental reality that in order for both Israelis and Palestinians to live in safety and with dignity, they need to have distinct, inalienable, and mutually-recognized states that coexist side-by-side in peace,” he said.
Netanyahu expressed last week that a Palestinian state would become a launching pad for attacks on Israel. He emphasized that Israel must maintain “security control” over Gaza and the West Bank and warned against America “coercing us to a reality that would endanger the state of Israel.”
The Schatz amendment has the backing of 49 senators from various ideological wings of the Senate Democratic conference, including independent Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kyrsten Sinema, who caucus with Democrats.
However, centrist Sen. Joe Manchin and vocal Israel supporter Sen. John Fetterman have not endorsed the amendment.
“Once a Palestinian government with its peoples’ best interests at heart agrees that Israel should be a state, I will be the first one to sign on to a bipartisan amendment supporting that Israel recognize a Palestinian state,” Manchin told Fox News Digital in a statement.
A spokesperson for Fetterman stated that while the senator supports a two-state solution in Israel, “this resolution should include language stipulating the destruction of Hamas as a precondition to peace.”
Schatz aims to attach his amendment to an upcoming $110 billion national security supplemental package. This package is expected to provide military aid to Israel and Ukraine, along with funds for border security. However, reaching an agreement that would pass both the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-led House has been challenging, with border security policies being a major point of contention in negotiations.
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