Pompeo, Graham Say Middle East Peace Process Is Not Dead

By Susan Jones | May 14, 2018 | 10:41 AM EDT

At least 41 Palestinians were reported killed in violent protests over the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem on May 14, 2017. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - "Is the peace process dead?" Fox News's Chris Wallace asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday, one day before the United States officially opened its new embassy (formerly, the U.S. consulate) in Jerusalem, as previous presidents pledged to do, but never did.

While the ceremony was taking place in Jerusalem, violent protests erupted among Palestinians, who claim eastern Jerusalem as the capital of their anticipated future state. Dozens of Palestinians were reported killed in the clashes.

"So, the peace process is most decidedly not dead," Pompeo responded to Wallace. "We're hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well," he said, referring to positive developments with North Korea.

Wallace also asked Pompeo what he would say to Americans worried about security in that part of the world.

"With respect to security, we're aware of the situation on the ground," Pompeo said, referring to the protests and threats of violence. "The United States government has taken a number of actions to ensure that not only our governmental interest, but the American people in that region are secure as well, and we are comfortable we've taken action that reduces that risk."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) led a congressional delegation to Monday's embassy opening.

CBS's Margaret Brennen, the host of "Face the Nation," asked Graham if the two-state solution is dead.

"No, because it can't be," Graham said.


"If you had one state that was Jewish in nature, eventually you would have to have some kind of apartheid, where Arabs and Palestinians couldn't vote. Two states means a Jewish state with an Arab component, a Palestinian state living in dignity side by side with Israel.

"The problem is, the Palestinians are divided," Graham continued. "You have Hamas controlling Gaza, Palestinian Authority controlling the West Bank. Gaza is a rocket-launching factory against Israel. Until the Palestinians reconcile under one flag, there will never be peace."

 


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