December 27, 2016
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, with the United States abstaining from the vote. With its veto power, the Obama administration would have been able to stop the resolution, but in a departure from common practice, it allowed the resolution to pass unanimously.
Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Brett Schaefer released the following statement regarding the vote and how the next administration and Congress should approach the United Nations:
"This Security Council vote implies that settlements rather than continued Palestinian terrorism are the chief barriers to peace. The vote to abstain will reward Palestinian efforts to isolate, delegitimize and ostracize Israel, and will do nothing to advance the cause of peace. The next administration and Congress need to take a firm line on anti-Semitism in the United Nations, including financial withholding where appropriate. But we need to remain engaged in the UN Security Council. Without a strong ally in the United States on the UNSC, Israel's enemies will only be more emboldened to take provocative actions. The veto can be instrumental, and we should not be afraid to use it on behalf of our interests and those of our closest allies."
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