Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Republican leaders set to declare support for sovereignty bid - Ariel Kahana


by Ariel Kahana

GOP lawmakers in recent days have been finalizing the wording of the announcement, which is expected to comprehensively support Israel's right to pursue its own interests in accordance with the Trump administration's plan for Middle East peace.


Republican leaders set to declare support for sovereignty bid
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, , June 11, 2020 | Photo: AP/Alex Brandon

House Republicans are expected on Monday to release a declaration of support for Israel's right to apply sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, Israel Hayom learned on Sunday night.

Republican leaders in recent days have been finalizing the wording of the announcement, which is expected to comprehensively support Israel's right to pursue its own interests in accordance with the Trump administration's plan for Middle East peace.


Also on Sunday, prominent Evangelist leader, Pastor John Hagee, issued a similar message in an op-ed appearing on Haaretz's website in English. In the article, Hagee writes: "From a Biblical, historical and legal perspective, Israel owns, and does not occupy, the Holy Land. And one cannot be an occupier on land it owns. Nevertheless, an all or nothing approach – as the Palestinian leadership insists upon – often results in getting nothing at all. It is therefore unsurprising that since its founding, Israel has repeatedly offered to make painful compromises in pursuit of peace with its neighbors to no avail."

For these reasons, Hagee concludes, Israel has full sovereignty rights, which he and his followers support.

"With all of this in mind, [Christians United for Israel] and its more than eight million members, supported and continues to support the Trump peace proposal in its entirety. This includes Israel's exercising its sovereignty over portions of Judea and Samaria and once again offering the Palestinians an opportunity to have a prosperous and independent existence," Hagee writes.

The United Nations Security Council, meanwhile, will convene on Wednesday, June 24, to discuss the situation in the Middle East and the possibility that Israel will expand its sovereignty under the auspices of the Trump plan. Israeli and Palestinian representatives were invited to present their positions on the matter.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told Israel Hayom that he intends to tell the Council that the Israeli government "has the legitimate right to make the right decisions for Israel."

"We are engaged in continuous dialogue with the international community, but it's important to note and make clear that any decision pertaining to sovereignty will be made within the Israeli government and nowhere else. It would be more fitting for the criticism to be pointed at the Palestinian Authority's leadership, which continues to object to direct dialogue with Israel," Danon added.


Ariel Kahana

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/06/22/house-republicans-set-to-declare-support-for-israels-sovereignty-bid/

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