Friday, January 28, 2011

Protecting Israel's Rights to and in Its Historic Homeland

Cantor, Hoyer lead push for Obama pledge to veto Palestinian resolution

Key House leaders sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday evening urging that the U.S. veto a resolution at the U.N. Security Council that would declare any post-1967 Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem, illegal.

The letter comes as the Palestinian Authority and the Arab League push the resolution at the council, which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed opposition to a week ago...

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), along with House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-Calif.), incoming Middle East subcommittee chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), asked Obama to "pledge in response to this letter to veto any UN Security Council resolution that criticizes Israel regarding final status issues."

"Instead of negotiating directly with Israel to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict, Palestinian leaders continue to seek to circumvent the negotiating process by advocating anti-Israel measures by the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, and UN Human Rights Council," the letter states. "In fact, Palestinian leaders are currently seeking consideration of a Security Council resolution that would condemn Israel for the aforementioned housing construction and demand that Israel cease all such activity.

...The lawmakers also called the resolution "without merit" and called the United Nations action "counter-productive" to the peace process...


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