Simon Wiesenthal Center reaction to Secretary of State Kerry’s speech on US abstention allowing passage of anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution

December 28, 2016

“It is unprecedented for an outgoing Administration to make such a draconian foreign policy shift—while simultaneously packing their boxes to leave Washington,” Rabbis Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean and Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO declared.

“Secretary Kerry makes it sound like it’s the apartments and kindergartens built in Jewish communities on the West Bank that are the main impediment to a Two-State solution, when he and those diplomats who voted for UNSC 2334 know that it is Palestinian terrorism, and the continued control of Gaza and the largest portion of the Palestinian population by terrorist Hamas that is the main roadblock to a true peace. Get rid of Hamas, its terror tunnels, tens of thousands of rockets aimed at the Israeli heartland, get rid of the genocidal hate brainwashing Palestinian children and the world will see a Two-State solution rapidly become a reality.”

“There is no escaping the fact that this UN Security Council resolution dims prospects for peace, since it effectively removes any incentive for the Palestinian Authority to negotiate directly with the Israelis—a fact underscored by then-US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice in 2011 when she explained why the US vetoed a similar UN Security Council resolution.”

“We are confident that the Trump team’s approach to the Palestinian-Israel conflict will reflect these inconvenient truths and will restore - in tone and deeds - the relationship behooving two great friends who share a common heritage and democratic values,” Hier and Cooper concluded.

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