December 23, 2016
New York, N.Y., – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly opposes a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution targeting Israel’s settlement construction and urges the United States to exercise its veto of the resolution
The draft resolution, originally circulated by Egypt, and now reintroduced by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal, is one-sided and erroneously lays the entirety of the blame for the present impasse in the peace process on Israeli settlements rather than Palestinian refusal to come to the table.
The resolution also treats all construction, including building in East Jerusalem, on equal terms, making the resolution impractical and narrowing the scope of future negotiations.
“All those who support a peaceful resolution to the conflict should oppose this resolution,” stated David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO. “If the Palestinians feel that the UN will delver Israel for them, why would they negotiate?” he stated.
“By treating all construction as equally problematic, the UN will paradoxically make it harder for future Palestinian, Israeli and American leaders to negotiate,” he said. “It limits their room to maneuver.”
“While one-sided UN resolutions are nothing new, this latest resolution is particularly astonishing given the Secretary-General’s comments just days ago decrying the UN’s obsession with resolutions just like this,” stated Cheryl Fishbein, JCPA chair. “We urge President Obama to continue his track record of vetoing anti-Israel resolutions.”
The JCPA supports a two-state solution and a peaceful resolution reached through direct negotiations between the two parties.