Cantor, Hoyer Urge Anti-Israel Resolution Veto

Friday, 28 Jan 2011 01:11 PM

By Dan Weil

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (pictured), R-Va., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are certainly in agreement on one issue. They sent a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday urging the U.S. to veto a resolution at the U.N. Security Council that would declare any post-1967 Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem, illegal, The Hill reports.

cantor, hoyer, un, israel, resolutionThe Palestinian Authority and the Arab League want the resolution to be adopted. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced opposition to the measure last week. She says the Israelis and Palestinians should solve their conflict through negotiations. But she didn’t commit to a veto, a power the United States possesses as one of five permanent members on the Security Council.

The letter urging a veto sent by Cantor and Hoyer also was signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; ranking member Howard Berman, D-Calif.; Middle East subcommittee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio; and ranking member Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.



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