March 26, 2012 Leave a comment
By Ari Bildner, Staff Writer
Washington, Mar. 26 – Two top Obama administration officials reaffirmed Monday current U.S.-Israel ties while emphasizing the need for more progress on a two-state solution.
“We have a lot of work ahead, but peace is the long-term interest of Israeli and the Palestinian people,” Obama Senior Advisor Jarrett said.
Jarrett and Tony Blinken, Vice President Biden’s national security advisor, spoke to the national conference of J Street, an organization founded in 2009 that advocates for a two-state solution and has been critical of the current Israeli government.
Jarrett reiterated to around 2,500 delegates at the three-day convention that Obama has an “ironclad” commitment to Israel’s security, but said that efforts toward a two-state solution must be reenergized.
Blinken assured the crowd that the administration has worked behind the scenes to restart peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel even as the process appears to be frozen in public.
“There is lot of misinformation,” he said. “No administration and president has done as much with Israel and for Israel’s security.”