Letter: U.S. policy hurts peace process
Is new Congressional U.N. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, highest-ranking Washington state Republican, uninformed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or loyal to President Trump?
We can certainly infer from recent Spokesman-Review articles that McMorris Rodgers opposes the Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution. She supports Trump’s U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem despite the Palestinians’ insistence on East Jerusalem as its capital in any two-state solution. This embassy move severely set back the peace process and ended Palestinian inclusion of the U.S. in negotiations.
She supports Trump’s recognizing the Syrian Golan Heights as part of Israel, against U.N. policy, another unnecessary irritant motivated by support for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s re-election. She asserts Israel is a democracy, yet Netanyahu recently stated “Israel is ‘the national state, not of all of its citizens, but only of the Jewish people'” (NPR Daily Newsletter, March 11).
Is she cognizant of Netanyahu’s re-election promise to annex Israeli West Bank settlements, which would end the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Israel’s attorney general has recommended indicting Netanyahu on bribery and breach of trust corruption charges in three separate cases. He is arguably the worst threat to Israeli-Palestinian peace of any Israeli leader of state in the nation’s history. But none of this seems to bother Trump or McMorris Rodgers.