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Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:54 PM

U.S. House passes resolution breaking with Trump on Israel policy


"The U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution on Friday backing a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, following initiatives from President Donald Trump seen as heavily favoring the Jewish state.

The Democratic-led House voted 226 to 188, largely along party lines, for a non-binding resolution saying that only a two-state solution can both ensure Israelís survival as a Jewish state and fulfill the Palestiniansí ďlegitimate aspirationsĒ for their own state.

Since he became president in January 2017, the Republican Trump has been condemned by Palestinian and some Arab statesí leaders for reversing long-held U.S. policies to recognize Jerusalem as Israelís capital in 2017, move the U.S. embassy to the city in 2018 and cut U.S. aid to Palestinians.

In March 2019, Trump recognized Israelís annexation of the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967. And last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal."


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