House Adopts Resolution Opposing Anti-Israel UNSC Action

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January 5, 2017
House Adopts Resolution Opposing Anti-Israel UNSC Action

AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly adopting House Resolution (H. Res.) 11 today. This resolution vigorously objects to U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334—adopted on Dec. 23—because it both undermines the prospects of productive, bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and one-sidedly criticizes Israel. This bipartisan measure was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).
 
In adopting H. Res. 11, the House characterized America’s abstention from UNSC Res. 2334 as undermining long-standing U.S. policy of vetoing one-sided measures at the U.N. that seek to impose solutions on Israel and the Palestinians. Further, the House resolution urges the U.S. government to veto any similar UNSC resolutions.

It also determines that any additional international efforts to impose parameters or dictate the terms of an agreement—whether from the U.N. in New York or at the upcoming Paris conference scheduled for Jan. 15—would set back the cause of peace and harm Israel’s security.

H. Res. 11 concludes with a call to repeal or fundamentally alter UNSC Res. 2334 to change its anti-Israel character, and reiterates congressional support for direct, bilateral Israel-Palestinian negotiations resulting in a two-state solution that resolves all final status issues. 

The Senate introduced a similar bipartisan resolution on Jan. 4.

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