SWC Hopes House Resolution Will Thwart Further Anti-Israel Moves at January 15 Paris Mideast Conference

January 6, 2017

The SWC commends House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), (pictured) for leading a bipartisan effort in sending a clear message condemning the recent United Nations Security Council resolution that labeled Israeli communities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank illegal.

"It was outrageous that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, in the waning days of this administration, facilitated that vote by failing to veto the resolution, then blamed Israeli settlements, not Hamas terrorism as the major obstacle to peace," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"We hope that this overwhelming bipartisan vote will send a message to the organizers of next week's conference on the Middle East in Paris, not to build on the UN, dangerous, one-sided, anti-Israel fiasco," they added. "We look forward to January 20th when the new president, Donald Trump, can begin to undo the damage done by his predecessor by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem."

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