Senate leaders back bipartisan bill condemning UN measure against Israeli settlements

 

 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)—pictured here, at right, on the stage of the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference—supports a resolution condemning the recent United Nations Security Council resolution that called on Israel to halt settlement activity.

(JNS.org) The top leaders in the U.S. Senate—Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)—have announced their support for a resolution condemning the recent United Nations Security Council resolution that called on Israel to halt settlement activity.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls for U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334—which the Obama administration refused to veto, allowing the measure to pass—to be “repealed or fundamentally altered,” while also rejecting any efforts by outside bodies, including the U.N., to impose Israeli-Palestinian conflict solutions. In addition, the Senate resolution calls on the Obama administration to take “no action” at the Jan. 15 Paris conference on Mideast peace that “imposes an agreement or parameters on the parties.”  

“Since the days of 'Zionism is racism,' the U.N. has been a fervently anti-Israel body and, unfortunately, that bias has never diminished. Knowing this, past administrations—both Democrat and Republican—have protected Israel from the vagaries of this biased institution. Unfortunately, by abstaining on United Nations Resolution 2334, this administration has not followed in that path,” Schumer said in a statement. 

“This Senate resolution reaffirms that peace must come through direct negotiations in order to achieve a sustainable two-state solution,” he added. 

Twenty U.S. senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. 

Stephen M. Greenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said in a statement: "We applaud Congress’s efforts to denounce this one-sided, anti-Israel resolution that will only push the prospects of peace further from realization. A strong message from the leaders and members of the United States Congress will show the world that the American people stand with Israel and support direct negotiations as the only path to true peace.  [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas’ refusal to accept and recognize a Jewish state with which he must sit and work out all the problems, is, and has been, the major obstacle to peace. We remain committed to the search for a just and lasting peace which has been made more complicated and distant by the Security Council’s action.”

 

 

Posted on January 4, 2017 .