2017-01-18 / Mideast

Netanyahu thanks Congress, ‘America’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel thanked America and its House of Representatives for passing a resolution condemning a U.N. vote against settlements.

Netanyahu said “thank you, America, thank you, Congress” in a video his office posted on YouTube following the resolution’s passing the previous evening by a vote of 342-80.

Sponsored by Reps. Ed Royce, RCalif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the committee’s senior Democrat, the resolution said that last month’s U.N. Security Council vote “undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues.”

The United States abstained, refraining from exercising its veto and allowing the Security Council resolution, which called Israeli settlements a “flagrant violation of international law” and a danger to a two-state solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to pass 14- 0. The House resolution also condemned the Obama administration. (JTA)

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