Following the Knesset elections, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Israel Radio on Wednesday the US government remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He also said that Washington looks forward to continued cooperation with the next Israeli government.
Shapiro said the US remains devoted to Israel’s security and to returning Israel and the Palestinians to the negotiating table in order to secure a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun working toward the formation of a coalition government after his Likud-Beytenu joint list won 31 seats, the most of any party in the national election, but 11 fewer than the parties held in the last Knesset.
At a briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “The United States remains committed, as it has been for a long time, to working with the parties to press for the goal of a two-state solution. That has not changed and it will not change.”
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said Tuesday, “We hope and expect that once the new government is formed, we’ll be able to get back into the business of encouraging direct dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians because that’s really the only way forward here.”
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Wednesday was quoted by Ynet as saying, “We are convinced that first of all the Middle East peace process needs to be advanced through negotiations with the Palestinians. We will support moves that will bring us closer to that end — an agreed two-state solution.”