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Sep 16, 2022
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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib On Al-Jazeera: Israel Has An Apartheid System, We Need To Change Our Policies Towards It; I Don't See How A Two-State Solution Can Work

#9830 | 01:45
Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) said in a September 16, 2022 interview on Al-Jazeera Network that she does not see how a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can work. She said that Israel has an "apartheid system" and that the U.S. must change its policies towards it. For more about Rep. Tlaib, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9598, 9566, and 9565.

Rashida Tlaib: "[J Street] wants a two-state solution, and I always say that it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to decide what their fate and determination is, and they are more moving towards a one-state [solution], than supporting that. But I knew the two-state solution and the strong stance that they had, it just didn't match. But they very much... I still work with them. They agree that I have a unique lens and perspective on what is happening in Palestine. We have a good working relationship, but they know that I don't believe there is a pathway – I mean, somebody can show me how... But I don't believe there is a pathway for a two-state [solution] with the apartheid system that is happening in Israel right now.

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"We keep saying that we're going to have a two-state [solution], and all we see is the complete opposite. We have apartheid now. I don't know how we achieve it. I don't know how we do it when we keep segregating the communities from each other.

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"We need to change our policies when it comes to the State of Israel. We desperately need to look at it [through] a different lens. Because it is obvious that you cannot claim that you are a democracy, and then say: 'You, an American citizen' – the country that gives you the most aid — 'you can't come into our country, because you support these issues.'"

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