WASHINGTON — Right-wing American and Israeli lawmakers held a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to issue a “joint declaration” that cast blame on “Palestinian rejectionism” for the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.
“The primary obstacle to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the near-century of Palestinian rejectionism of the right of self-determination for the Jewish people,” said the statement, co-signed by members of the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) and the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC).
“Only Palestinian acknowledgement of the Jewish people’s historic connection to the Land of Israel, and acceptance of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, will end the conflict,” it added.
The document, which was signed by two GOP House members and two right-wing members of the Knesset, does not acknowledge Israeli actions as contributing to the two parties’ inability to reach an agreement.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, and Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio, represented CIVC; MK Oded Forer of Yisrael Beytenu and MK Avraham Neguise of Likud represented the KIVC.
The CIVC is co-chaired by DeSantis and Bill Johnson (R-OH) and one Democrat: Juan Vargas of California. It has 32 members of Congress in total. The KIVC, for its part, has 16 MKs in total.
The declaration comes as US President Donald Trump’s delegation tasked with brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reportedly preparing to propose a Middle East peace plan by early next year.
“There can be no progress made towards peace until the Palestinians accept that significant, but simple, concept,” Johnson said on Wednesday.