The Obama administration’s decision to stab Israel in the back continues to come back to haunt them. The move garnered outrage, both within the United States and internationally. And now, the House of Representatives is taking action.
Monday, House GOP leaders announced that the House will vote on legislation condemning United Nations Resolution 2334, which bans Israelis from building settlements in Jerusalem. The resolution passed 14-0, with the United States abstaining from the vote. Had the United States vetoed the resolution, though, it automatically would have failed, as the United States is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. It also came to light that the Obama administration helped engineer the resolution, calling leaders in Ukraine to urge them to vote in favor. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the Obama administration “colluded” with the United Nations not only to get the resolution passed, but helped write it as well. Israeli officials say they have proof to back up their assertions, which they claim will be shared with President Trump when he takes office.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) announced their plan to introduce the bill condemning the resolution on Monday, and said they expect to have bipartisan support when it is voted on.
“This Administration has lost all credibility when it comes to Israel. The Administration’s stunt at the UN hurt our ally Israel and made peace in the region even more difficult to achieve,” they said in a statement. “This Thursday, the House will not abstain from its responsibility and will vote on a bipartisan resolution reaffirming our longstanding policy in the region and support of Israel.”
Democrats and Republicans alike slammed the Obama administration for allowing the resolution to pass. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was extremely vocal in his outrage, along with House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Vt.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), who have all announced that they are willing to turn their backs on the Obama administration and work with Republicans to show their support for Israel. The Senate is also expected to introduce a similar bill this week, which also has bipartisan support. Other senators are calling for the United States to strip funding from the United Nations until the resolution is repealed.