Representative Eliot L. Engel, ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, last week made strongly worded remarks in the House of Representatives supporting legislation objecting to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. He very clearly stated his belief that the resolution is an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.
“The Security Council resolution is highly critical of Israel, yet asks nothing directly of the Palestinians. That’s biased, that’s unfair, that’s not balanced and, again, we should have opposed it. We should have vetoed it,” said Engel.
He continued, “In the measure the House is considering today, we repudiate this flawed Security Council resolution. And at the same time, we will say, once again, that we support a two-state solution, that the only way to reach that goal is through direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and that this shameful Security Council resolution put that goal further out of reach,” adding, “Instead, let’s focus on what we should be doing when it comes to advancing the two-state solution. This resolution calls for us to get back to the policy that many of us support: one, standing with Israel in the United Nations; two, stopping one-sided resolutions; three, supporting direct negotiations as the only way to move toward a two-state solution.”