Sen. Menendez on UNSC Settlement Resolution, US Abstention


Date: Dec. 23, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the U.N. Security Council voted to approve a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building in a manner that is not conducive to a two-state solution.

"I am deeply disturbed by today's actions at the UN Security Council. The international body once again, instead of focusing on grave humanitarian crises and political instability throughout the world chose to single out Israel and further weaken prospects for peace. This resolution was biased, ignored the role Palestinians play in undermining stability and peace, and serves only to continue to delegitimize Israel on the global stage.

"I am disappointed but not surprised that the Administration chose to go along with this maneuver, walking away from longstanding principles and practices that advance the goal of peace and stability. The United States must use its influence and posture at the United Nations to promote our values and support our allies. It has long been a bipartisan sensible policy of the United States to support direct bilateral negotiations between the parties to find an agreement. We have long stood beside Israel in the face of these kind of politicized resolutions whose only goal is to undermine confidence in a negotiated peace process.

"Going forward, I look forward to continuing to work towards strong bipartisan support for a peace deal negotiated directly between the parties."