Pence said that Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are “hard at work” on the Trump administration’s peace plan.

US Vice President Mike Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence. (photo credit: JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS)

WASHINGTON — A comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will require compromise from both sides, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday night.

Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference— which he called the most “influential” Israel lobby in Washington— Pence said that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, were “hard at work” preparing a peace plan that would jumpstart negotiations between the two parties.

He said that the Trump administration still considers Middle East peace a high priority, despite the struggle ahead, and that it would support a two-state solution if both sides agree to it.

Israeli officials declined again on Monday to expressly endorse a two-state solution that doesn’t include fundamental security guarantees for the Jewish state, such as a permanent military presence in the Jordan Valley.

And yet a true peace also requires “truth-telling,” Pence said, touting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The line received rapturous applause from the AIPAC crowd. Over 18,000 people are attending the annual conference.

The vice president gave a wide-ranging speech, addressing issues like ISIS and the Iran nuclear deal in addition to American-Israeli relations.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post