Lipinski: Trump Administration Moving Away From a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“Several newspapers have reported that the Trump Administration plans to cut all funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that provides essential services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.  Abruptly ending United States funding contributions to the UNRWA is a dangerous move.

“Although the agency is not perfect, cutting its budget will make an already dire humanitarian situation even worse.  It also has the potential to lead to violence that could threaten Israeli security.  That is why voices from the U.S. foreign aid establishment and the Israeli defense community have cautioned against such a move. 

“As we pursue the U.S. foreign policy goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we need institutions in place that can implement agreements and facilitate the transition to a peaceful coexistence.  Without an alternative plan in place, ending our support for the UNRWA does not move us toward this goal.”

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