UPDATE: The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of repealing or revising the anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334. Praise God for that! (Why not contact your representative to say “thank you!”) The House vote elicited resounding thanks from the Israeli Prime Minister. View his 30-second response here.
With lots of potential drama expected prior to Obama’s exit from the White House, Congress is working to limit the damage of UN Resolution 2334 and the anticipated “last stab” of Israel by the Obama/Kerry foreign policy team.
As you know, December 23 was a dark day in American foreign policy, as the US failed to veto Resolution 2334, which makes face-to-face negotiations with the Palestinians almost impossible and opens a pathway for the Palestinians to press for statehood via the United Nations rather than through bilateral negotiations with Israel. To add insult to injury, in a speech shortly thereafter, John Kerry (US Secretary of State) blatantly place the majority of blame on Israel, while ignoring the fact that the Palestinians continue violence against Jews, and refuse to acknowledge the right of Jewish people to exist.
However, there is good news: the US Congress is working feverishly to draft legislation that will limit the impact of Resolution 2334, as well as another resolution most likely to be introduced following the January 15 meeting of about 70 world leaders, and rammed through before President Obama leaves office on January 20.
Legislation in the Senate, proposed and backed extensively by Republicans and Democrats alike, aims to:
- Express “grave objection” to Resolution 2334 and calls for its repeal.
- Condemns efforts by outside parties (the UN) to force a peace plan upon Israel and the Palestinians outside of direct negotiations between the parties.
- Demands that the US not allow actions during the Paris Conference (January 15) that will impose agreements or border upon any party.
- Rejects efforts by others to further isolate Israel through economic means such as BDS.
- Urges the current and all future administrations to uphold the practice of vetoing resolutions that intend to unilaterally impose peace plans on Israel and the Palestinians.
- Urges the incoming administration to work closely with Congress to create opportunities for bilateral negotiations.
You can find the proposed Senate legislation here.
The House of Representatives is also moving quickly with their own legislation, supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the House. They, too, are pressing for direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians and an administration who will carry forward America’s long-standing practice of vetoing UN resolutions that subvert direct negotiations.
Be encouraged, dear friends. I can say with certainty that, while the Obama administration has been far from friendly with Israel, the US Congress (both Senate and House) are very pro-Israel! While in Washington DC in March 2016 for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, I was one of 20,000 Israel supporters who lobbied Congress for issues relevant to Israel. To my very pleasant surprise, all Republicans and at least 2/3 of Democrats were already in support of the issues in which we were lobbying.
Please take time to pray for your Senators and Representatives. Praise God that they are taking steps to mitigate the damage of late-term resolutions pressed forward by the Obama administration. Ask the Lord to grant them wisdom and favor as they fast-track legislation to support Israel.