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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Trump’s Statement that He’s Happy with Two-State or One-State Solution


Feb 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sherman released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on a one-state solution between Israelis and the Palestinians:  

“Today’s comments by Donald Trump regarding Israel show that he is dangerously uninformed and professedly undecided.

“There is no viable solution to the conflict other than a two-state solution. 

“I don't know what formulation President Trump believes he can get the Israelis as well as the Palestinians to agree to short of an independent Palestinian state, but suffice it to say that a single state that encompasses all of the Palestinians, as well as Israel, will not be Jewish and democratic for long. One-state solutions are either delusional or dangerous.

“Nobody believes that a two-state solution will be easy to bring about. It has eluded successive administrations since the Oslo process began in the early 1990s.  But given the demographic realities, and the desire for Israel to be a pluralistic democratic homeland for the Jewish people, there is no other option but two states for two peoples.

“The now-deceased Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi once proposed a one-state solution he coined “Isratine,” by which was his proposal to eventually end the Jewish state. Now, President Trump stated that he could “live with” a one-state solution; this would be the end of the Jewish and democratic state as we know it.

“The problem is not solved without a legal status for Gaza and any one-state solution including Gaza is not a Jewish state.”