Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19) issued the following statement today in support of H. Res. 268, which seeks to reaffirm the United States' commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations:
"As a cosponsor of this resolution, I strongly support H. Res. 268 and am very pleased it passed the House of Representatives. We must continue to support a two-state solution through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to achieve a lasting peace. Israel has taken steps to move negotiations forward, however, recent actions by the Palestinians have done much to disrupt and stall the process. We must unilaterally reject efforts by the Palestinian Authority to seek statehood through the United Nations. Additionally, the current alliance with Hamas is a severe setback and the United States should not fund or deal with the Palestinian government until Hamas reforms and commits to its obligations as a partner of the Palestinian Authority.
"I recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to clarify the process for determining whether transactions with a Palestinian government that includes Ministers selected by Hamas may result in the funding of terrorist activities and, if so, the process for determining whether such transactions should be prohibited.
"Lastly, it must be the policy of the United States to support and facilitate defensible borders for Israel to ensure Israel's security and not return to the pre-1967-war borders. Israel is a shining example of democracy in the Middle East and I will continue support policies that promote Israel's security and prosperity while in Congress."
H. Res. 268 reaffirms support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states: a democratic Jewish state of Israel and a democratic Palestinian state. The legislation also mandates that any Palestinian unity government must renounce terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, and reaffirm previous agreements made with Israel.
Introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, H. Res. 268:
* Reaffirms support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states, a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic Palestinian state living in peace and mutual recognition.
* States that any Palestinian unity government must forswear terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, and reaffirm previous agreements made with Israel.
* Opposes any attempt to establish or seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.
* Urges Palestinian leaders to cease efforts at circumventing the negotiation process, including through a unilateral declaration of statehood or by seeking recognition of a Palestinian state from other nations or the United Nations (U.N.).
* Supports the Administration's opposition to a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.
* Affirms that Palestinian efforts to circumvent direct negotiations will harm U.S.-Palestinian relations and will have implications for U.S. assistance programs for the Palestinians and the Palestinians Authority (PA).
* Reaffirms the U.S. statutory requirement precluding assistance to a PA that includes Hamas unless that PA and all its ministers accept Israel's right to exist and all prior agreements and understandings with the United States and Israel.