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House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians

House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians

by LAURA KELLY - The Hill  |  Published on December 6, 2019

The House on Thursday overcame a final hurdle to bringing a controversial resolution supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict to the floor for a vote.

Lawmakers adopted two amendments meant to satisfy Republican and Democratic demands to achieve bipartisan consensus. Yet only about a dozen Republicans are likely to cross the aisle in a final vote, with the GOP criticizing the measure as redundant and partisan.

House Resolution 326 would put Congress on record supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and is seen as countering the Trump administration’s efforts to propose a peace plan that does not include the achievement of an independent Palestinian state living side by side with a secure Jewish State of Israel.

The House vote on Thursday succeeded in adding two amendments to the resolution text and setting up a Friday vote on the full resolution.

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