Bipartisan Letter Calls on President Obama to Veto One-Sided UN Initiatives on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Apr 15, 2016 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON – 394 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Obama to veto possible upcoming one-sided initiatives in the United Nations concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The letter was precipitated by reports that one-sided initiatives – which dangerously hinder the prospects for resuming direct negotiations – may arise at the United Nations in the coming months concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The letter is an unambiguous statement that the view of the U.S. House of Representatives is that only at the negotiating table – and not at the UN – can the parties resolve their complicated differences.

The letter was led by:

  • Rep. Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee
  • Rep. Kay Granger, Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
  • Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, & International Organizations
  • Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Chair, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, & International Organizations
  • Rep. Ted Deutch, Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East & North Africa
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East & North Africa

Full letter is attached.