Feinstein introduces Senate resolution backing peace talks

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced by three Senate Democrats.

“A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people, and fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own,” reads the non-binding resolution introduced Tuesday by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the chairman of the body’s Middle East subcommittee; and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).

“The Senate pledges its support for a sustained United States diplomatic initiative to help the parties conclude an agreement to end their conflict,” the resolution says.

Feinstein introduced the resolution the day talks resumed between Israelis and Palestinians for the first time since October 2010.

The talks came about after intensive diplomacy by John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state.