Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Condemning U.N. Interference in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Resolution Upholds Nation’s Commitment to Israel, Supports Direct Negotiations toward Two-State Solution

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) objecting to the passage of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334, a move that risks harm to Israel and complicates future negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Israel is our closest natural ally in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the Obama administration allowed this anti-Israel resolution to pass at the United Nations Security Council,” Hoeven said. “Outside interference in the peace process, such as efforts to isolate Israel or by imposing terms, preconditions or timelines, only emboldens Hamas and other violent extremists and perpetuates the conflict. We should strengthen our relationship with Israel and our commitment to its security while we encourage negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to resolve their differences peacefully. I look forward to working with the new administration toward this goal.”

The Senate resolution calls for UNSC Resolution 2334 to be repealed or fundamentally altered. In addition, it rejects efforts by outside bodies to impose solutions that set back the cause of peace, reaffirms that it is the policy of the United States to continue to seek a sustainable, just and secure two-state solution and urges the incoming administration to work with Congress to facilitate the resumption of direct, bilateral negotiations without preconditions between Israelis and Palestinians. The full text of the resolution can be found here.