Jewish Democrats spearhead letter to Trump blasting peace plan

107 Democratic members of the House express ‘strong disapproval’ for plan’s failure to provide for viable Palestinian state and timing of release ahead of Israeli elections

By RON KAMPEAS        7 February 2020, 10:19 pm

Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish lawmakers spearheaded a letter to US President Donald Trump signed by 107 Democratic members of the House expressing “strong disapproval” of his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

“Our concern is both with the substance of your plan, which will exacerbate and entrench conflict rather than resolve it, and with the timing of its release,” said the letter, initiated by Andy Levin of Michigan and Alan Lowenthal of California. Another seven Jewish Democrats also signed.

Democrats at first were cautious to criticize the plan, crafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and released last week, in part because it restored the terminology of “two states.”

But a number of Democrats have now expressed concern at the fractured, multi-enclave Palestinian entity that is at the heart of the plan’s proposal, and at its green light to Israel to annex about 30 percent of the West Bank.

“While your proposal uses the language of statehood for Palestinians, it provides far less than an actual, viable state,” said the letter sent Thursday and first reported by Jewish Insider.

The letter also faults the peace team for not consulting with Palestinians, and for releasing the plan just ahead of Israeli elections next month, in what they suggested was a bid to boost the prospects of Trump ally Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Releasing the plan now appears to be an inappropriate intervention in a foreign election,” the letter says.

Notably, the letter includes progressive Democrats like Levin, and moderate Democrats, like his fellow Jewish Michigander, Elissa Slotkin.

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  1. Of course. Also three of the four “leaders” of the impeachment are Jewish. They also voted for Obama twice and Clinton. 70% or more votes that way always.

  2. A lot of the 30% is hiltops. The Arabs have never wanted that land. They build village s in the hollows, shadow of the hills at the base where there might be springs.
    Discontinuous land mass is no impediment to statehood. France (distant lands are an integral part of the nation), UK (N. Ireland) , Indonesia, USA (Alaska, Hawaii, Michigan), Italy (Sicily, Sardinia), Greece. Cultural diversity is no impediment = Netherlands, Russia, China, Spain, etc.
    The outsider nay sayers need to come with more than lame excuses. Let the PA step up or O-U-T!!!

  3. The “Themocrats” are doing a good job and are major Supporting Actors in the momentum moving exponentially forward towards the inevitable reelection of Donald Trump to his second term.
    These people are rabid corpses.
    Bernie Sanders is half dead and delirious. If he gets the nomination he will probably stroke out.
    Look every time I see that zombie Steyer, starring in his self funded ridiculous commercials, always wearing that Native American belt repeating for the umpteenth time that the biggest problem we face is “climate change”, that he wants you to know he will confront on day one of his presidency, with the body of a 75 year old and the maturity of a fourth grader.
    Elizabeth Warren is clearly out of her mind… Biden is delusional, Mayor Pete” is ridiculous….none of these candidates are viable candidates.

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