Thomas Nides, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel on Wednesday said it is his guiding principle to advance a two-state solution with the Palestinians because failure to do so is making it difficult to ensure his “North Star” of “maintaining Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state.”
Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Nides noted that U.S. President Joe Biden “articulated very clearly his support for a two-state solution” on his recent trip to Israel, and that “every speech that I give, Secretary [of State Antony] Blinken gives, that the president gives, that [Vice President] Kamala Harris gives, all reference that.
“In order to push for a two-state solution, we need to be doing things to help the Palestinian people,” said Nides. “We can’t lose the Palestinian street,” he continued, naming this as one of the reasons Biden visited a hospital in the eastern part of Jerusalem during his trip to Israel in July.
He also urged Israeli authorities to work towards enhancing freedom of movement for Palestinians, including through the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, and by providing them with a more sophisticated cellular-communications network. Nides also hailed Biden’s decision to restore economic aid to the Palestinian Authority, and called for an end to the terror payments, along with Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria- all of which he suggested were impediments to peace.