President Obama’s historic address in Jerusalem injected new life and hope into the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace, making the case that it is possible, just and necessary for Israel’s survival as a democracy and Jewish homeland.
By going above and beyond what Israelis are used to hearing from American politicians, and telling them the truth, the president proved his friendship.
He delivered an honest assessment of the threats posed by an unsustainable status quo and offered an alternative: Israel can seize control of its own destiny by negotiating with its genuine partner, the Palestinian Authority.
Now the real work must begin. The achievement of a two-state solution will require bold US leadership and a serious, sustained diplomatic initiative.
The President made clear that political leaders will only take bold steps when the people demand them. So I am calling on my Member of Congress to strongly support the President's vision and US engagement to help Israel and the Palestinians finally resolve this conflict with a two-state solution.