Graham: 'I will not invest a dime' in Mideast peace plan that results in one state

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE, said Tuesday he would “not invest a dime” in a proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in one state.

“I want everybody to understand there is no one-state solution,” Graham said at a press conference in Jerusalem. “I will not invest a dime in a situation that results in one state.”


As chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee in charge of State Department and foreign aid funding, Graham has sway in whatever funding the White House's Middle East peace plan will need.

Trump administration officials have declined in recent months to say whether their Middle East peace plan, of which senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August MORE is in charge, includes the long-held U.S. position of a two-state solution. Officials recently rolled out the first pillar of the plan with a business conference in Bahrain.

Critics have accused the Trump administration of showing bias toward Israel at the expense of the Palestinians, citing policies such as President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and his recognition of Israel's claim over the disputed Golan Heights.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Graham described a one-state resolution as a “bad deal for America.”

"If you believe in a democratic Jewish state, it is lost over time from the demographics of merging the two peoples," he said. "If you absorb all the Palestinians and they can vote, the Jewish states gets eroded and if you absorb all the Palestinians and they can't vote, that's South Africa and it's not going to happen."

Graham held his press conference alongside Democratic Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenProgressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum Senators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir Democratic candidates are building momentum for a National Climate Bank MORE (Md.) after they met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and Tuesday with Palestinian Liberation Organization official Saeb Erekat.

"We think it is important to send a signal to the Palestinians who want to live in peace with Israel that there is a road to getting there," Van Hollen said. "We want to keep alive the possibility for the two-state solution."