Donovan Votes To Condemn Anti-Israel U.N. Resolution
Washington, DC—January 6, 2017…. Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and the U.S. House of Representatives formally condemned the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council in December. The U.N. resolution attacked Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation” and “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” The United States, in a break from a long-established precedent of shielding our closest ally in the region, abstained from the vote.
The House measure Donovan co-sponsored and voted to adopt condemns the U.N. resolution and reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israel and stability in the Middle East.
Congressman Donovan said “The Obama Administration was mistaken in failing to veto the U.N.’s one-sided, anti-Israel resolution. The measure I voted to pass today offers much-needed public affirmation to Israel that the U.S. House of Representatives stands with our closest ally in the Middle East. We must return to our longstanding policy of offering diplomatic protection to Israel in pursuit of a two-state solution.”
The House resolution (H. Res. 11) passed yesterday expresses the sense of Congress that the U.N. resolution “undermined the long-standing position of the U.S.” and “undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations.”
Donovan has been a steadfast supporter of Israel in Congress. Last year, he cosponsored and helped pass H. Res. 729, which expressed support for a final military assistance agreement between the U.S. and Israel. Donovan toured Israel and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu last year on his first trip abroad as a Member of Congress.