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Senate resolution backing peace talks is introduced

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July 31, 2013 | 10:23 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces further peace talks at a news conference with Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (left) and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (right) at the State Department in Washington on July 30. Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces further peace talks at a news conference with Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (left) and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (right) at the State Department in Washington on July 30. Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

“A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people, and fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own,” reads the non-binding resolution introduced Tuesday.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the chairman of the body’s Middle East subcommittee; and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the resolution.

“The Senate pledges its support for a sustained United States diplomatic initiative to help the parties conclude an agreement to end their conflict,” the resolution says.

Feinstein introduced the resolution on the day talks resumed between Israelis and Palestinians for the first time since October 2010.

The talks came about after intensive diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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