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House approves resolution slamming UN, Obama administration

(JTA) – The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed to condemn a U.N. Security Council anti-settlements resolution and the Obama administration for allowing it through. The resolution, which passed Jan. 5 by a vote of 342-80, said the Security Council vote last month “undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solu-tions to final status issues.” The U.S. abstained, refraining from exercising its veto and allowing the Security Council resolution to pass 14-0. Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the committee’s senior Democrat, sponsored the measure. Royce noted his resolution favored the two-state solution, but he said it was important in the near term to warn President Barack Obama in his final days in office not to take any further dramatic Israel-related actions, and opposed removing language critical of the Obama administration. In the end, 109 Democrats backed the resolution and 76 opposed it. Four Republicans op-posed the resolution; a small contingent of Republicans led by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, opposed including language favoring two states.

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