Don Beyer on Foreign Policy
Israeli security and recognition of Israeli sovereignty is the first and indispensable prerequisite of the two-state solution that I support. This two-state solution must only be the result of bilateral negotiations, facilitated by the United States, between the Israelis and Palestinians. I oppose any United Nations declaration of Palestinian statehood that is not part of a comprehensive U.S.-backed agreement, and support President Obama's commitment to veto any such approach.
My ambassadorial term included the longstanding negotiations to free the American hikers held hostage in Iran. I was also deeply involved with the case of Amir Hekmati, the young U.S. Marine who was arrested as he entered Iran, accused of being a CIA operative, and sentenced to death. I worked at great length with Swiss banks trying to ensure that they were not providing banking relationships with Iran. I believe that by the time of my departure, no Swiss banks were doing business with Iranian companies, nor even with the Central Bank of Iran.
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