Pence hails House motion on Israel, ‘our most cherished ally’
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Pence hails House motion on Israel, ‘our most cherished ally’

VP-elect applauds resolution calling Security Council’s anti-settlements resolution a ‘one-sided’ obstacle to peace

Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks to members of the media as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks to members of the media as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vice president-elect Mike Pence on Thursday hailed a vote by the US House of Representatives declaring a United Nations Security Council resolution a “one-sided” obstacle to peace.

The House resolution was seen as a rejection of the Obama administration, which did not veto UNSC Resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements as illegal.

“Great to see strong bipartisan vote in Congress opposing recent UN resolution against our most cherished ally,” Pence tweeted early Friday morning. “America stands with Israel.”

House Resolution 11 declared the UN motion a “one-sided” effort that is an obstacle to peace, placing disproportionate blame on Israel for the continuation of the conflict and encouraging Palestinians not to engage in direct, bilateral negotiations.

Passed by a vote of 342-80, the measure puts the lower chamber of Congress firmly against President Barack Obama’s decision to withhold the US veto power from shielding Israel against the censure.

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