US State Department ahead of official results: We look forward to working with the next Israeli gov

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 18, 2015 08:25
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State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday night that the United States is looking forward to working with the next Israeli government.

"We congratulate the citizens of Israel on today’s election. The reported large turnout is another reminder of the vibrancy of Israel’s democracy and why the United States will remain firm in our commitment to our deep and abiding partnership with Israel... We look forward to working with the next Israeli Government, including on our shared agreement for peace and security in the Middle East."

In regards to statements made by Netanyahu yesterday about "Arab voters turning out in droves to vote," Psaki said "we have seen reports about his statements. What we’ve always admired about Israel is its vibrancy as a democracy, which includes the right of all citizens to vote, whether they’re Arab or Jewish citizens. And we’re always concerned, broadly speaking, about any statements that may be aimed at marginalizing certain communities."

Psaki also reaffirmed the Obama administrations commitment a two-state solution. "Only a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and independent Palestine can bring lasting peace and stability to both people. Of course, we will continue to pursue this goal with the new Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority."


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