WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration released its bold new plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu displayed strong leadership in laying out this bold plan for a peaceful two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. After decades of failed attempts, President Trump has provided a path to new negotiations and a lasting peace that preserves the Jewish state of Israel, and provides a path for a recognized Palestinian state. Palestinian leadership must reject terror and hate in order to achieve a better and more prosperous life for the Palestinian people. Israel, which has been the target of this terror for years, maintains its right to exist and defend itself from threats. President Trump’s leadership, along with Jared Kushner and the rest of his team, has been monumental in getting us to a point where a bold and credible two-state solution can finally be negotiated and agreed upon to provide peace in the most volatile region of the world. 

“While Speaker Pelosi is wasting her House majority on personal political vendettas, President Trump has been focused on his job strengthening America’s economy, while also providing leadership on the world stage. I once again applaud the Trump Administration’s dedication to achieving peace in the Middle East and I hope this path forward will be given full consideration by all parties.”