McConnell, Schumer sign onto resolution condemning UN Israel vote

McConnell, Schumer sign onto resolution condemning UN Israel vote
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-N.Y.) are signing on to a resolution objecting to a United Nations Security Council vote that condemned Israeli settlements.

The resolution urges all U.S. presidents to "uphold the practice of vetoing all United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to insert the Council into the peace process, recognize unilateral Palestinian actions including declaration of a Palestinian state, or dictate terms and a timeline for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a draft, obtained by Politico.

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It was authored by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (R-Fla.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction Financial aid fraud is wrong — but overcorrection could hurt more students Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' MORE (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, and comes on the heels of a controversial Security Council vote on Dec. 24 condemning Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Obama administration abstained from the vote and declined to use its veto power on the Security Council to block it. That move sparked criticism of the administration from lawmakers in both parties and from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE.

The resolution, which accuses the U.N. of bias against Israel, also criticizes the Obama administration for abstaining from the vote, a decision it says complicates the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

The support of the Senate's leaders gives momentum to the resolution, which has 20 co-sponsors, including Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R-Texas) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE (R-Ariz.).

A similar resolution is expected to pass the House later this month.

Israel has long come under international criticism for building settlements in Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. But past efforts by the Security Council to condemn the practice have frequently seen the U.S. block those measures.