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Senate Expected to Condemn US Over Israel Vote

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 02:52 PM

Senate leaders from both parties are backing a resolution objecting to the United Nations' condemnation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The resolution was written by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and has already gained the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Politico reports.

The resolution "urges the current presidential administration and all future presidential administrations to uphold the practice of vetoing all United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to insert the Council into the peace process, recognize unilateral Palestinian actions including declaration of a Palestinian state, or dictate terms and a timeline for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

It also "demands that the United States ensure that no action is taken at the Paris Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict scheduled for January 15, 2017."

Since it has gained bipartisan support, the resolution is not critical of the Obama administration's decision to abstain from the recent U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.

"This resolution expresses the Senate's rejection of continued anti-Israel efforts at the United Nations, reiterates our commitment to Israel, and urges the incoming administration to work with Congress on this issue," Rubio said.

The Washington Times reports that a House resolution condemning President Barack Obama's refusal to veto the resolution was introduced with the support of 51 Republican co-sponsors, but no Democrats.

"Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our closest ally and vetoing this dangerous resolution, the U.S., under the direction of President Obama, broke its strong and well-established commitment to Israel," said Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla.

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