The US House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution that condemned the United Nation Israeli settlement vote.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution criticising Israel over its settlement building on Palestinian land and demanded an end to it.
The House resolution, which passed by 342-80, says that the last month’s UN vote was an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.
US lawmakers — and President-elect Donald Trump — have assailed Barack Obama’s outgoing administration for abstaining in the December 23 vote instead of vetoing the UN resolution, essentially clearing the way for its passage.
“I am stunned at what happened last month. This government – our government – abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the chamber shortly before the House vote.
“It is time to repair the damage done by this misguided hit job at the UN,” he added. “It’s time to rebuild our partnership” with the Jewish state.
The House measure, which is non-binding, calls for the UN resolution “to be repealed or fundamentally altered so that… it is no longer one-sided and anti-Israel” and allows all final status issues toward a two-state solution to be resolved through direct bilateral negotiation.
It also demands that the United States ensures that no action be taken at the Paris Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict scheduled for January 15, that would impose an agreement on the two sides.
But some congressional Democrats insisted the Capitol Hill vote had more to do with taking a final jab at Obama than condemning his administration’s lack of action.
The French-organised talks, to be attended by around 70 countries – but not by Israeli or Palestinian representatives – are being held to reiterate international support for a two-state solution to the conflict.