Republicans exclude language on ‘two-state solution’ in party platform



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( The Republican Party has agreed to removing language encouraging a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its platform for the GOP’s convention in Cleveland next week.

On Monday, the national security subcommittee of the Republican Platform Committee approved an amendment dropping support of a two-state solution, CNN reported. An earlier version of the draft had included support for “two democratic states,” but had removed any references to the Palestinians that was included in the 2012 platform. 

“The U.S. seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the region,” the approved amendment said. “We oppose any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms, and call for the immediate termination of all U.S. funding of any entity that attempts to do so.”

The platform committee unanimously approved the measure in a vote in Cleveland on Tuesday. Earlier, the Republicans had reinstated a reference to an “undivided” Jerusalem that had been previously included in the party’s 2008 platform, but was removed in 2012.  

Posted on July 12, 2016 .