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Over 70 US lawmakers call on Biden to undo Trump’s pro-Israel policies

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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More than 70 US Democratic lawmakers have called on American President Joe Biden to reverse Trump administration's "abandonment of longstanding, bipartisan US policy" regarding the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestine.

In a letter sent to the White House, 73 House Democrats urged the Biden administration to formally abandon former president Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” plan, which has widely been described as deliberately devised to favor Israeli regime’s policies and wider interests throughout the Middle East.

With a total of eight demands, the US lawmakers focused on Trump's policy changes that they believe brought Israelis and Palestinians further away from a two-state agreement, citing the Israeli regime's 11-day brutal bombardment of mostly civilian targets in the densely-populated, besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip last month, the UK-based Middle East Monitor reported Friday.

"This outbreak of violence was a painful reminder that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has no military solution and can only be resolved through diplomacy and a negotiated two-state solution that guarantees the civil and political rights, safety, and self-determination of both peoples," the lawmakers wrote in the letter reportedly delivered to the White House on Wednesday.

"Toward that end, we urge you to reverse the previous administration's policies," they further emphasized.

The development came as the New York Times released an investigative report on Thursday documenting that the Israeli regime had conducted a series of bloody airstrikes in a Gaza Strip neighborhood "without warning" and "with limited intelligence about what they were attacking."

The video probe further showed that some of the Israeli military's largest bombs had been used in the airstrikes that targeted Gaza’s upscale Rimal neighborhood.

The massive bombardment flattened three apartment buildings in the early morning hours of May 16, killing 44 people in what marks the single deadliest incident of Israel's 11-day war on Gaza.

The types of Israeli strikes that were documented "can easily lead to catastrophe and could be a war crime," experts told the US daily.

Meanwhile, the congressional letter to the White House further underlined, "While there are additional steps that both parties to the conflict can and must take to preserve the possibility of one day reaching a two-state solution, we believe the first step for the United States must be to urgently restore American policy positions conducive to the prospects for peace."

Led by Congressmen Gerry Connolly, Peter Welch and Jan Schakowsky, the letter further called on the White House to swiftly reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem (al-Quds), reissue State Department and customs guidance to clarify that the illegally built Israeli settlements are inconsistent with international law, and oppose the forced expulsion of Palestinian families in East al-Quds and throughout Palestinian territory.

Among other signatories of the letter were Representatives Ilhan Omar, Ro Khanna, David Price, Betty McCollum, Marie Newman, Mark Pocan and Jamaal Bowman, according to the report, which noted that several Jewish lawmakers, in addition to Schakowsky, also signed the letter -- including Representatives Andy Levin, Jamie Raskin, John Yarmuth, Sara Jacobs, Alan Lowenthal and Steve Cohen.

The development also came as Palestinian Foreign Ministry called on the international community to hold the Israeli regime accountable for its crimes against the Palestinians and impose sanctions on the occupying entity so as to compel it to halt atrocious acts.

The ministry further insisted in a Saturday statement that the Tel Aviv regime does not care about reports issued by credible international organizations and institutions, which exposed Israel as practicing the worst forms of racial discrimination, apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.

The official statement also blasted the US administration, the European Union and the United Nations for being “totally biased” in favor of the Israeli regime, noting that they have failed to put pressure on the regime to stop its killing, repression and land theft in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The interaction of countries and the United Nations and their interest in these reports, if any, is without any merit and does not encourage the international bodies to provide protection for our people and implement the relevant UN resolutions,” it added.

The statement came as the Israeli regime continues its systematic violence against Palestinians and its displacement plots in the occupied territories.

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