Less than a week before the Jan. 15 Mideast peace conference convenes in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to follow the U.S. Congress’s decision to act to “repeal” or change the recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
Netanyahu’s comments came at his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. The Israeli leader said his government is making a “very great effort to prevent another Security Council resolution” that harms Israeli interests.
U.S. House Resolution 11, passed in a 342-80 vote Jan. 5, condemned the U.N.’s Dec. 23 anti-settlement resolution as a “one-sided” effort that is an obstacle to peace, while also criticizing President Barack Obama’s administration for refusing to veto the resolution and abandoning the longstanding U.S. policy of defending Israel against one-sided U.N. measures. The House resolution called for the U.N. measure to be repealed.
While he welcomed the “sweeping bipartisan support in the American Congress against the anti-Israeli resolution that was adopted by the U.N. and against other similar resolutions,” Netanyahu said this was one effort “but not the only effort” Jerusalem is making to prevent “bad resolutions against Israel at the U.N.”
The prime minister pledged to “act in accordance with the Congress’s decision, either to repeal the UNSC resolution or to change it so that it does not damage Israel.”