Senate fast-tracking bill to condemn the UN Israel vote


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Obama administration for not forcing a veto of the resolution.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON — The Senate is fast-tracking a resolution to criticize the United Nations for its vote against Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank, with both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supporting an implicit rebuke to President Obama.

The legislation, introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), "expresses grave objection" to the security council resolution that the U.S. abstained from, allowing it to pass late last month, and calls for it "to be repealed or fundamentally altered so that it is no longer one-sided and allows all final status issues toward a two-state solution to be resolved through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties."

The resolution also throws a brushback pitch against President Obama by urging "the current presidential administration and all future presidential administrations to uphold the practice of vetoing all United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to insert the Council into the peace process."

Republicans and many Democrats are still furious that the Obama administration chose to allow the resolution criticizing Israel for its expanding settlements to pass, including Schumer. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Joh McCain (R-Ariz.) are also cosponsors.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),

The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), "expresses grave objection" to the security council resolution that the U.S. abstained from.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

That's not the only Senate movement on Israel. A push from Rubio and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem may not gain bipartisan support, though President-elect Trump may decide to do so unilaterally, as he's promised throughout the year.

House Republicans are looking to go even further, with members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus discussing plans to push a bill that would cut U.S. money to the U.N., though it's unclear whether Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will allow that bill to come to a vote.Send a Letter to the Editor

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