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Friday, January 6, 2017

House overwhelmingly condemns UN's anti-Israel resolution

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution rebuking the United Nations for passing Resolution 2334that condemned Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

The bipartisan House measure passed 342-80, according to Politico. It is likely to be followed by a similar, largely symbolic non-binding resolution in the Senate. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have already announced their backing for the measure.

Although its wording does not explicitly state so, the House statement also was a scolding of outgoing President Barack Obama’s administration for breaking with longstanding U.S. policy and not vetoing the UN resolution, thus allowing it to go through.

“The United States Government should oppose and veto future United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel,” the House measure states, according to Politico.

The measure also stated that Resolution 2334 "undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations" and "contributes to the politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel and represents a concerted effort to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct negotiations."

The statement further demands that the UN repeal or fundamentally alter the measure it passed. READ MORE