House votes to condemn anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations
The House passed a measure Thursday intended to rebuke the United Nations for a recent anti-Israel resolution. The vote passed overwhelmingly by 342-80 and the language included a not-so-subtle jab at President Obama who refused to veto the UN resolution. From Politico:
“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. It also demands that the U.N. repeal or fundamentally alter the measure it passed.
“We are condemning what happened because we think it’s unfair and unjust,” said Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during the debate ahead of the vote. “Throughout its entire history, the state of Israel has never gotten a fair shake from the United Nations.”
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan declared himself “stunned” that the Obama administration allowed the U.N. to go after Israel. “Do not be fooled. This U.N. Security Council resolution was not about settlements, and it certainly was not about peace,” Ryan said. “It was about one thing and one thing only: Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish Democratic state.”
The UN passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction 14-0 after the United States abstained from the vote. Israel has since accused the Obama administration of working behind the scenes to craft and support the resolution. The Obama administration has denied that but says it chose to abstain in order to express support for a two-state solution. After the UN vote, President-elect Trump tweeted this response:
The Senate is expected to take a similar vote condemning the UN resolution. Here’s House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce speaking on behalf of the House measure today: