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Jen Psaki recently stated Trump did not do ‘anything constructive’ to bring peace to Middle East

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently stated that the Trump administration did not do anything constructive to end conflict in the Middle East.

The White House on Tuesday said that other than a “dead on arrival” peace plan, the Trump administration has not done “anything constructive” to end conflict in the Middle East. Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s approach to the ongoing violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces, and declared that a “two-state solution” is the only option for “lasting” peace in the region. Psaki told reports on Tuesday that the Biden administration is “not following the same tactics of the prior administration” with their tactic to de-escalate tensions in the region. “Aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we don’t think they did anything constructive, really, to bring an end to the long-standing conflict in the Middle East,” Psaki told reporters. “So obviously, we’re dealing with a conflict that is happening, as we speak. It is happening on the ground. People’s lives are lost. There’s ongoing violence, we’re going to work to resolve that.” 

Psaki added that the White House’s “view continues to be that providing humanitarian and security assistance to the Palestinians, while still maintaining our long-standing security relationship with Israel, is in the interest of the United States,” she continues, “A two-state solution, which both parties would have to get together to agree, is the only way to have a long-term outcome that’s peaceful and lasting.” The Abraham Accords, which were negotiated during Trump’s final months in office were peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. The accords normalized relations between Israel and the two nations. A month after Joe Biden became president, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the accords were “not a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.” “We hope that Israel and other countries in the region join together in a common effort to build bridges and … contribute to tangible progress towards the goal of advancing a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Price said.

Members of the Trump administration have slammed the Biden administration’s strategy, saying the President has offered “weakness and ambivalence” as the violence continues, the worst since 2014. “We witnessed four years of progress toward peace, now shattered by more than a week of unprovoked violence against the people of Israel,” Pence said Tuesday. The former vice president continued, “The Trump-Pence administration set the table for lasting peace and an end to the decades-old conflict in the region. President Biden has replaced strength with weakness, moral clarity with confusion, and loyalty with betrayal.” House Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the only Palestinian in Congress and has family in the region, said “Enough, President Biden. You will not do this on our watch. You have to speak out against this violence in a very aggressive way that holds Netanyahu and his leadership accountable.”

ARTICLE: JACOB ZUBY

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

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