Forget the Politicians: This U.S. Lawmaker Thinks High-tech Can Bring Israelis and Palestinians Together

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna says citizen diplomacy and a focus on innovation can cut through some of the ‘gridlock that has been created by the government-to-government approaches’ in the Middle East

Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Ro Khanna, who made waves last week for saying the Biden administration would “radically reset” U.S.-Israel ties, is calling for improved relations between the United States, Israel and the Palestinians through innovation and economic development.

“I believe in the strategic and cultural importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship,” the Democrat from California told Haaretz on Wednesday. “I still believe in the possibility of a two-state solution – I understand the aspiration of a Jewish state, but that can be guided on principles of liberal, pluralistic democracy,” he says. “There should be a Palestinian state, and it seems to me that focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural exchange are ways to get there.”

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