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Democratic Reps. Eliot L. Engel of New York, Nita Lowey of New York, Ted Deutch of Florida and Brad Schneider of Illinois released a statement Friday denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign promise to annex the settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu announced the campaign promise last week, which is a lurch to the right for him, days before a contentious election. He ended up winning the election and will retain his role as prime minister for a fifth term.

“As strong, life-long supporters of Israel, a U.S.-Israel relationship rooted in our shared values, and the two-state solution, we are greatly concerned by the possibility of Israel taking unilateral steps to annex the West Bank,” a statement from the four Democrats began. “Every one of Israel’s frontiers plays an important role in its security, and Israel’s ability to guard itself from threats is non-negotiable.”

“We are greatly concerned by the possibility of Israel taking unilateral steps to annex the West Bank.”

Read @RepEliotEngel, @NitaLowey, @RepTedDeutch and @RepSchneider’s statement on a two-state solution.

“We hope that any security measures are implemented within the context of preserving the eventual possibility of a two-state solution,” it went on. “Two states for two peoples, negotiated directly by the two sides, with mutually agreed upon land swaps, is the best option to achieve a Jewish, democratic, secure Israel living side-by-side with a democratic, de-militarized Palestinian state.”

Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul told The Daily Caller, “I have long been on record in support of a two-state solution, and my view has not changed. A two-state solution is the best way to ensure that Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security.”

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