A bill condemning the UN Security Council’s recent anti-settlement resolution was opposed this month by four Republican congressmen. According to a report Friday by Haaretz, the bill was opposed on religious grounds, as well as due to its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Hebron is in what was the Promised Land, David ruled from there, and in a two-state solution, Hebron is going to the Palestinians,” Louie Gohmert (TX) said. “How do they deserve the land that was given as the Promised Land before Mohammad even existed? I can’t support this resolution. I can’t do it.”
The other three Republicans to vote against the resolution were Walter B. Jones (NC), John J. Duncan Jr. (TN), and Justin Amash (MI).
Steve King (IA) also criticized the bill, saying it has “a lot of good and right in it,” and he particularly disagreed with its support of a two-state solution. However, he still voted in favor of its passage.
The resolution was introduced by Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), passing by a vote of 342-80. The bill was praised by Benjamin Netanyahu, who described UNSC Resolution 2334 as “outrageous.” Netanyahu praised members of Congress who “expressed outright support for Israel and outright opposition to the Security Council resolution.”
The Royce-Engel resolution calls for a “durable and sustainable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians” which “will come only through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties resulting in a Jewish, democratic state living side-by-side next to a de-militarized Palestinian state in peace and security.”
Despite the Republican opposition it encountered, the Royce-Engel resolution was supported by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a Washington-based Conservative think tank. In a message Thursday, the think tank clarified that its endorsement “had nothing, what-so-ever, to do with support of the two-state solution. Rather, it has everything to do with the United Nations not being the appropriate forum to settle this dispute.”