The founding of the State of Israel was “one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on Wednesday.
Speaking with Robert Costa of The Washington Post, the 17-term Democratic congresswoman from California called the Jewish state “our most serious friend in the Middle East.”
“Israel’s security is very, very important to us,” she emphasized.
Pelosi went on to say, “Many of us support a two-state solution, that has a secure Jewish state and a state for the Palestinians to reach their fulfillment as well. What’s happening there is in some ways moving away from that. But again, a peaceful resolution of that is what members of Congress, by and large, would support. There are some who have said things that are not a reflection of our consensus, you know, and we had pointed that out. But again, Israel’s security is important to us. We think Israel security is further ensured by having a two-state solution, and we don’t want to move away from that.”
Regarding the Trump administration’s yet-to-be-unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Pelosi noted, “We’ve been waiting for over a year. I was in Israel last year around Passover, Easter, and we were told that the president’s plan was imminent. That was in the end of March of last year. Now we are 13 months past there and we keep hearing that his proposal is imminent. Maybe it is, we’ll see. But again, we have to find a peaceful way to resolve the conflict.”