Sanders, Warren Introduce Resolution Against Israel Annexing West Bank Settlements, Netanyahu’s Campaign Promise

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Written by Ann Brown
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, along with three other Democratic senators, have introduced a resolution against any plan Israel has to annex the West Bank territory.

“Unilateral annexation of portions of the West Bank would jeopardize prospects for a two-state solution, harm Israel’s relationship with its Arab neighbors, threaten Israel’s Jewish and democratic identity, and undermine Israel’s security,” says the non-binding resolution introduced.

According to the resolution,“the policy of the United States should be to preserve conditions conducive to a negotiated two4 state solution.”

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Besides Warren and Sanders, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. were also co-authors on the resolution, which some see as a slap to Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent temporary win during Israel’s April 9 elections. Netanyahu pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (The elections proved indecisive and Israelis vote again in September.)

A draft of a plan Donald Trump has to push the Palestinians to concede to Israel even if it means military action was recently leaked. And, “Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set later this month to unveil the economic component of a peace plan he has been preparing for two years,” Forward reported.