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house Bill H. Con. Res. 165

Should the U.S. Veto “Counterproductive” UN Security Council Resolutions Related to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Argument in favor

The U.S. should block UN Security Council resolutions that are anti-Israel or recognize Palestinian statehood before a peace agreement has been reached as they will only make the situation worse.

Alan's Opinion
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11/29/2016
We don't work for the UN. Israel has been our only true friend in the middle east for decares.
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Gary's Opinion
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11/30/2016
Israel has shown extreme restraint towards Palestine over the years and has tried on many instances to work with them. Violence has been the response in turn. Israel is a Nation that respects the rights of its people and will protect them when all peaceful efforts fail. The UN is tainted with lopsided opions with little regard to Israel's sovereign rights. The Palestinians can work out a solution if they are serious about a peaceful way to resolve the issue of statehood. Till then Israel has no choice but to maintain safety for her people.
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jayar's Opinion
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11/30/2016
Unless and until all Arabic nations recognize and respect the right of Israel to exist the US should do everything in its power to block such things as this.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t protect Israel from UN resolutions that don’t reinforce their position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s the only way that a two state solution will be reached and America shouldn’t stop it.

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11/29/2016
This is designed to prevent a vote on Palestinian Statehood. A two state solution is the only way to reach peace. The possibility of a Palestinian state is scary to Israel because it's, yet another, ideologically and politically opposed state in the region. But Palestinians have as much right to exist in a homeland as do Israelis.
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GillianSochor's Opinion
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11/29/2016
The UN and the US should treat Israel and Palestine as equal members of the world community and all of their actions should be held to the same standard, on both sides. Siding with Israel simply because they've been friends of the US is grossly unfair treatment and the UN should work with both Israel and Palestine to create an accord.
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Eric's Opinion
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11/29/2016
The state of Israel was carved out land that already belonged to others. The mess has been created and now a two-state option is the only peaceful option. Israel's rights don't come before Palestine's.
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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 165?

This resolution would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should use its veto on the United Nations Security Council to stop resolutions from passing that are counterproductive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It emphasizes that a sustainable peace deal will only come about with direct bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and aims to prevent the UN from recognizing a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood before an agreement has been reached.

Congress states that such recognition without a peace agreement in place would set back the cause of peace and could lead to penalties being imposed on support for a Palestinian state or the West Bank and Gaza. It also calls on the U.S. to oppose and veto Security Council resolutions that are one-sided and anti-Israel or would impose solutions to final status issues, while also supporting the resumption of negotiations without preconditions toward a sustainable peace agreement.

As a concurrent resolution this bill would be considered by both the House and Senate without going to the president’s desk for a signature, which would be unnecessary as it doesn’t have the force of law.

Impact

U.S. relations with Israeli and Palestinian governments; and the UN Security Council.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 165

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: This legislation has the bipartisan support of seven cosponsors in the House, including four Democrats and three Republicans.


Of Note: Israel has been targeted by a significant number of resolutions at the UN, with the Human Rights Council resolving 45 resolutions condemning the country since 2013, which amounts to 45 percent of all resolutions that singled out a particular country. The Security Council has considered 226 resolutions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948.


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Official Title

Expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict.

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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed November 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 28th, 2016

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    We don't work for the UN. Israel has been our only true friend in the middle east for decares.
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    This is designed to prevent a vote on Palestinian Statehood. A two state solution is the only way to reach peace. The possibility of a Palestinian state is scary to Israel because it's, yet another, ideologically and politically opposed state in the region. But Palestinians have as much right to exist in a homeland as do Israelis.
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    The UN and the US should treat Israel and Palestine as equal members of the world community and all of their actions should be held to the same standard, on both sides. Siding with Israel simply because they've been friends of the US is grossly unfair treatment and the UN should work with both Israel and Palestine to create an accord.
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    The state of Israel was carved out land that already belonged to others. The mess has been created and now a two-state option is the only peaceful option. Israel's rights don't come before Palestine's.
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    Israel has shown extreme restraint towards Palestine over the years and has tried on many instances to work with them. Violence has been the response in turn. Israel is a Nation that respects the rights of its people and will protect them when all peaceful efforts fail. The UN is tainted with lopsided opions with little regard to Israel's sovereign rights. The Palestinians can work out a solution if they are serious about a peaceful way to resolve the issue of statehood. Till then Israel has no choice but to maintain safety for her people.
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    Unless and until all Arabic nations recognize and respect the right of Israel to exist the US should do everything in its power to block such things as this.
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    The Palestine Government is corrupt. There's is no democratic participation and it sponsors terrorism by providing stipends to the families of imprisoned terrorists.
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    I doubt that we will, at least not while Barack Hussein Obama is still POTUS.
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    Palestine is not a state it is terrorism.
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    Why should anyone give the Palestinians what they want without their being willing to negotiate with and accept the existence of the Jewish State of Israel?
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    This is a waste of time. This bill has no force of law behind it. Palestine & Israel must come to their own solution with out our or any one else's meddling. Again, congress, foreign relations are the prerogative of the executive branch, not the legislative one. It seems to me that you have plenty of your own work to do.
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    We should be doing everything we can to support Israel, a terribly-outnumbered and threatened oasis of democracy and hu
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    The UN doesn't have our best interests at heart. I'm not sure why we would think they'd have Israel's best interest at heart either (since Israel has always been our friend and ally). This would only benefit those countries and people groups who would like to see Israel wiped off the map.
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    We should pull out of the U.N. Completely.
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    A democracy that systematically marginalizes a people is not a democracy for the people. America's continued support for a government that takes the land of poor Palestinian farmers and humiliating them by limiting their movement within their own cities is causing America to lose its moral standing around the world. We can not say we support a democracy if the said democracy practices apartheid. It's time for America to realize what the rest of the world already knows.
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    The Palestinians are not to be trusted until they prove themselves trustworthy. Veto anything that favors them unless it is equally fair for Israel. Israel has been our ally since it became a nation we need to favor them.
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    Palestinians AND Israelis deserve a home and state.
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    There is a great need for bilateral peace talks. Please veto the UN resolution and don't support a unilateral declaration by the Palestinians.
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    We should support Israel yet also support the sovereignty of the Palestinian people.
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    This is what happened with Israel in 1947; let's not make the same mistake twice, and if we do let's at least not make it in the same spot.
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