A majority of 341 US Congressmen serving in the House of Representatives voted in favor of condemning the UN Security Council Resolution on the Israeli settlement issue: “The Obama administration abandoned Israel just when they needed us.”
US Congress Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The US House of Representatives voted in favor of condemning the UN Security Council Resolution on the Israeli settlement issue. US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated on his twitter page: “It is time to rebuild the relationship with Israel and to recommit to ensuring its security.”
The US House of Representatives has 435 members with over half of them being Republican and the rest being Democrat. 288 Republicans and 108 Democrats, thus amounting to 341 US Congressmen, voted in favor of condemning the UN Security Council. 4 Republicans and 76 Democrats voted with US President Barack Obama.
US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Although the resolution is not binding, it represents the spirit of the US House of Representatives and prepares the ground for a similar resolution to be presented in front of the US Senate. It also calls upon the US government to “oppose any unilateral resolutions arising in the UN against Israel.”
In his speech before the voting, US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated that peace will not come out of UN resolutions but only via direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He stressed that he was “shocked” by what happened in the UN Security Council and he attacked the Obama administration.
“Our government is abandoning our ally Israel just when they need us most,” Ryan stated. “Don’t be stupid. The UN resolution does not deal with settlements or peace. It deals with only one thing: the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. This resolution is intended to delegitimize Israel.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon welcomed the resolution in the US House of Representatives: “Today’s resolution is proof of the US House of Representatives bipartisan support for the State of Israel and the strong alliance between us and the US. This alliance has stood the test of time and there is no doubt that it will continue to grow stronger in the future. We look forward to cooperating with the new US administration in order to lead in a new era in the UN and to put an end to the discrimination against Israel in the organization.”