A resolution passed Thursday evening in the US House of Representative overwhelmingly condemned a UN Security Council anti- settlements resolution and the Obama administration for allowing it.
The resolution which passed by a vote of 342 -80, said the Security Council vote last month “undermined the long standing position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues.”
The Obama administration refrained from exercising its veto thus allowing the Security Council resolution 2334 to pass 14 -0. According to the Forward, a New York based newspaper, US officials said that they could not endorse the resolution because of the inherent anti Israel bias of the United Nations, but did not want to veto it because they agreed with its premise that Israeli settlement construction was illegal and an obstruction to peace.
The resolution was bi- partisan sponsored. The Reps. Ed Royce, Republican, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Eliot Engel , the Committee’s senior Democrat, sponsored the measure.
Engel and another Democrat , Rep. David Price sought to amend the resolution to encourage a two state solution . It refrained from criticizing the Obama administration. The House Rules Committee rejected Price’s amendment.
The final tally was that 109 Democrats backed the resolution and 76 opposed it. Just four Republicans opposed the resolution. Led by Rep. Steve King, a small group of Republicans opposed including language favouring two states.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee backed the Royce-Engel resolution. J Street backed Price’s version, which he said he would introduce as a separate resolution.
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