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US Senators reject ‘one-sided’ solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Last week, the US and Israel signed a new 10-year pact on US providing security assistance to Israel

September 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

US Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon (R) and Israeli Acting National Security Advisor Jacob Nagel (L) participate in a signing ceremony for a new 10-year pact on security assistance between the two nations at the State Department in Washington, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

In a letter 88 Democratic, Republican Senators urged US President Barack Obama to veto any “one-sided” UN measures towards resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Posted on the website of the American-Israel Public Committee (AIPAC), the letter aims to block the road ahead of Obama’s potential intention to agree on such a resolution, as well as to hinder any other initiatives from other sides, including New Zealand, France and even the Palestinians themselves.

The Senators said that they were disappointed with the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and stressed that the only way to resolve the issue is through talks.

“Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them…. Ultimately, peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our speeches are over, long after our votes have been tallied,” they wrote.