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Rep. Zeldin Condemns United Nations Anti-U.S., Anti-Israel Resolution

December 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, condemned the passage of United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution A/RES-10/L.22, which demands the United States rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Immediately following the General Assembly’s vote, Congressman Zeldin joined Congressman Doug Lamborn (R, CO-5) and other House colleagues to introduce a resolution rejecting this UN vote and reaffirming their strong support of the President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, the United National Security Council (UNSC) voted on a resolution to withdraw President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As a permanent member of the UNSC, the United States vetoed this resolution. UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES-10/L.22 was then brought before the full assembly today where it passed by a vote of 128 to 9 with 35 countries abstaining. Congressman Zeldin released the following the statement with regards to these UN actions:

“The United Nations General Assembly has taken a very disappointing and audacious vote against the United States, by far the largest contributor to the UN and international global aid, for exercising its sovereign right to place its embassy wherever it deems fit. Moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem, which is in fact Israel’s capital, has been enshrined in U.S. law since Congress passed the bipartisan Jerusalem Embassy Act over two decades ago. However, while other Presidents have caved to pressure from Pro-Palestinian international actors, President Trump resolutely followed through on this long-overdue decision. Now more than ever, I applaud the strong leadership of Ambassador Haley as she tirelessly fights for our nation and its allies in a body of blindy anti-Jewish international bureaucrats. This is not only an attack on our greatest ally Israel, but an assault on the sovereignty of the US itself.”