Senate Republican to Offer Resolution Rebuking UN’s Israel VotePosted: December 30, 2016
Moran’s rebuke, which was first reported by Politico, might not be the only formal action taken by Republican leaders. Several Senate Republicans called for cuts to UN funding over the vote.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., plans to introduce a “sense of the Senate” resolution issuing the rebuke next week. The formal condemnation resolution would be the first official action against the U.N. by the Senate GOP in response to the Security Council resolution, which passed because President Obama refused to veto it.
“I am committed to working with both Republicans and Democrats to make sure we stand with Israel and that the United Nations cannot be used as a forum to create policies that hurt our nation and its allies,” Moran said Friday.
The Security Council resolution was long feared by Israel and their congressional allies, as rumors percolated throughout the fall that the Obama administration would countenance a condemnation of Israeli settlement construction in disputed Palestinian territory. That worry blossomed into a diplomatic fight last week, when Egypt unveiled a draft proposal, only to withdraw the resolution under pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President-elect Trump.
The U.N. resolution was re-introduced last Friday, however, and passed 14-0 with the United States abstaining. Secretary of State John Kerry reinforced the passage of the resolution by giving a speech in which he argued that…(read more)
Source: Washington Examiner
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