Pelosi Statement on Signing Ceremony for Middle East Normalization Agreements

September 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following the signing ceremony for normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE:

“Today is an important day, as America welcomes the signing of agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain. 

“As we learn more about the full details of both agreements, questions remain – specifically, regarding the commitment that the UAE has received from the Trump Administration to purchase American-made F-35 aircraft.  The U.S. Congress, on a bipartisan basis, will be watching and monitoring to ensure that Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge in the region. 

“It is also critically important that we fully understand the agreements’ details regarding the announced freeze of efforts by Israel to annex portions of the West Bank.  The House continues to support a real and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians which must, as House Resolution 326 states, ‘expressly endorse a two-state solution as its objective and discourage steps by either side that would put a peaceful end to the conflict further out of reach, including unilateral annexation of territory or efforts to achieve Palestinian statehood status outside the framework of negotiations with Israel.’

“As we acknowledge this important step, we strongly support Israel and all those in the region who strive to pave the way to peace.”