Back U.N. Council on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lawmakers Urge Obama
By Carol Lee
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2016
Several hundred Democratic and Republican lawmakers are
urging the White House not to back any resolution at the United Nations that
sets parameters for Israeli-Palestinian talks, a move President
Barack Obama has been considering.
In a letter to Mr. Obama, 388 members of the House,
including Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, said U.S. support
for a U.N. Security Council resolution would “dangerously hinder” the
prospects of resuming direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
deeply troubled by reports that one-sided initiatives may arise at the U.N. in
the coming months concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the letter
“Such efforts dangerously hinder the prospects for
resuming direct negotiations,” the lawmakers write. “We therefore urge you
to continue to insist that it is only at the negotiating table – and not at
the U.N. – that the parties can resolve their complicated differences. Your
continued commitment to longstanding U.S. policy to veto one-sided U.N. Security
Council resolutions remains fundamentally critical.”
The White House has been discussing ways to outline a
blueprint for future Israeli-Palestinian talks before Mr. Obama leaves office.
One of the options under consideration is a Security Council resolution calling
on both sides to compromise on key issues.
Israel has opposed such resolutions, and the U.S. has
vetoed them in the past.
The White House hasn’t yet received the lawmakers’
letter and declined to comment on it.