Israel must end its 50-year occupation of Palestine: Obama's Chief of Staff

2015-03-25 03:40:03 | Al Muslim News
Israel must end its 50-year occupation of Palestine: Obama's Chief of Staff

 

The United States will “never stop working towards†a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made clear in a speech to a Jewish Americans advocacy conference that .

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian nation must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state," McDonough said. McDonough vowed to safeguard Israel and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's abandonment of a Palestinian state in the run-up to his re-election.

“We cannot pretend that these comments were never made,†he said. He said the USA has expended much energy on political efforts promoting a two-state solution and that was why the Israeli leader’s comments last week “were so very troubling.†U.S. would continue to oppose these activities as they undermine prospect for peace. “We will continue to oppose settlement activities since it undermines the prospects of that peace,†he said.

The White House chief of staff's statement drew cheers of approval from the audience at J Street conference. Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. "In the end, we know what a peace agreement should look like.

The borders of Israel and an independent Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," McDonough said. J Street is advocate of two states solution and sharply criticized Netanyahu's U-turn on Palestinian statehood along with pre-election remarks accusing leftists from abroad of working to turn out minority Arab Israeli voters to unseat him.

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