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US Senators Urge Obama to Veto Anti-Israel UN Resolutions

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Wikimedia commons.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Wikimedia commons. – A bipartisan group of 88 US senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday urging him to veto any anti-Israel resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict brought in front of the United Nations Security Council before his term ends.

The pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), initiated and sponsored the letter with leading efforts by Sens. Michael Rounds (R-S.D.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Hours after the statement was released, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he supported the “spirit” of the letter but did not sign it because he rejects the idea that a “two-state solution” is the “only” resolution.

Eleven others who did not sign the bipartisan letter are: Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Tom Cotton (R-AR.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

The letter states, “We urge you to continue longstanding US policy and make it clear that you will veto any one-sided UNSC resolution that may be offered in the coming months. Any such resolution, whether focused on settlements or other final status issues, will ultimately make it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to resolve the conflict.”

The senators also wrote the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations leading to a two-state solution.

The letter also reminded Obama about former US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice’s veto of a one-sided UN resolution in February 2011, to prove that “even well-intentioned initiatives” at the UN could “risk locking the parties into positions that will make it more difficult to return to the negotiation table and make the compromises necessary for peace.”

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  • Dave

    Thanks to 88 brave US Senators for telling Obama how most of us feel: you don’t abandon your allies and Israel is a trusted ally. If Obama thinks that the deal giving Israel weapons for the next ten years is a green light to abandon Israel at the UN, he has got it all wrong. If that is the direction of our lame duck president, Netanyahu could reciprocate by annexing the West Bank to Israel

    • ted weiss

      except the liberal ambivolent jews are the real enemy

  • Keith James

    perhaps one day American politicians will support America, not the Likud…..also, who were the 12 brave senators that defied the Lobby?…