Mac Thornberry. (photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
JPost By: Herb Keinon
Some basic assumptions that have governed Middle East diplomacy over the last quarter century – such as the need for a Palestinian state int he West Bank – are being questioned by more and more people in Congress, the chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee told The Jerusalem Post.
Rep. Mac Thornbury (R-Texas), who left Israel on Saturday night after a week here as part of a delegation of five congressmen and one senator brought by the US Israel Education Association, said: “There is a sense in COngress that it is maybe time to look a little broader outside the box” at other possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The USIEA is Christian-based organization that defines as one of its goals sponsoring educational tours to Israel with congressmen. What make it unique, is that it takes the delegations to the settlements – something the organization’s website says is not allowed when the congressmen go on official US-sponsored visits.