WASHINGTON — A majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsing Israeli annexation of settlements in the West Bank.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was one of 116 of the 198 Republican House members signed the letter. It praises the Middle East plan presented by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, and blames the Palestinian leadership for choosing to reject it. It also says that its signatories support Israel’s “right to sovereignty and defensible borders.”
The Trump plan includes Israeli annexation of as much as 30% of the West Bank, including all the settlements.
The letter was promoted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, which stated two weeks ago that it will promote support for annexation among elected Republicans. Despite the letter’s support from the RJC, the party’s congressional leadership and potentially the Trump administration as well, approximately 80 House Republicans did not sign it.
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