Friday, January 06, 2017

US on Palestine - Status Quo Restored

ـ"النواب" الأميركي يندد بقرار مجلس الأمن ضد الاستيطان

US "parliament" [House of Representatives] denounces
a [UN] Security Council decision opposing colonialism
[literally: implantation of colonies in occupied territory].
[Source: Al-Arabia العربية on January 6, 2017]

The Jerusalem Post wrote on January 6, 2017:

Washington - The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday [January 5] condemning the UN Security Council for censuring Israel over its settlement enterprise, and calling on the Obama administration– which allowed the UN move to pass– to veto any similar actions in the international chamber.

The resolution acknowledges America's longstanding and bipartisan support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but reminds the government of its historic policy opposed to "one-sided" UN resolutions that seek to impose parameters for such a solution onto the parties.

It is this policy, the resolution asserts, that the Obama administration undermined with its latest action at the UN, which condemned Israel over its construction in the West Bank and "east Jerusalem." The White House abstained from the vote, choosing not to utilize its permanent veto power.

The status of East Jerusalem remains a sticking point between Israelis and Palestinians, and the US has for years considered it a topic not for UN deliberations but for final-status, direct negotiations.

"The passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 undermined the longstanding position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel, reversing decades of bipartisan agreement," the resolution asserts, referring to US President Barack Obama's decision to abstain from the vote.


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