A pro-Israel resolution that condemned the United Nations resolution on Israel passed in the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 342-to=80 majority Thursday night.
But the one-sided vote may be deceiving. Several trends have emerged within both parties that may indicate it may not be business as usual when it comes to America’s relationship with Israel.
Here are five things that we learned from the vote — and why they matter.
- The debate over the future of a two-state solution is real
Once an unquestioned mainstay of American policy, now the idea of solving the conflict by dividing the land into a Jewish and a Palestinian state living side by side is no longer in consensus. In the past, any pro-Israel piece of legislation, and there have been many, included the obligatory mention of the strive for peace based on a two-state solution. Now, even making this statement is no longer something that can be taken for granted.
- The GOP is quickly shifting away from backing the two-state solution
First it was a conservative insurgency that brought about a historic change in the GOP platform which dropped any mention of a two-state solution. Then came Donald Trump’s advisers and supporters, key to them his ambassador-designate to Israel David Friedman, who openly questioned the idea of pursuing a two-state solution. And now a growing dissent among Republicans from the idea is playing out on the House floor. The two state solution, said Iowa’s Steve King, one of the few members of Congress who is actually an ally of president-elect…