Lowey Statement on U.S. Abstention on United Nations Anti-Settlement Resolution

December 23, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s failure to veto a resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning Israeli settlement policy:

“Today's abstention is a stain on the United States' long and consistent record of defending Israel against one-sided UN Security Council resolutions. I am profoundly disappointed. Only through direct negotiations can the Israelis and Palestinians resolve their complicated differences.  

“Today's resolution will not further the cause of peace. In fact it will only harden both sides and make direct negotiations all the more difficult to ever resume.  I will redouble my efforts to defend Israel in international bodies and bring the parties back to the table.”