A number of Congressional Democrats expressed their disappointment in the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council measure pushing for an end to Israeli settlements Friday.
Incoming-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said he discussed the matter with the administration on numerous occasions, encouraging them to block the resolution, The Hill reports.
“I am strongly opposed to the U.N. putting pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. An abstention is not good enough. The Administration must veto this resolution,” he said in statement.
West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin agreed, stating he also urged top officials to veto the measure.
“I support two-party negotiations to reach agreement on any settlement issues, and this U.N. resolution is not the way to pursue peace between the Palestinian Authority and the State of Israel,” he said in a statement.
Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy railed against the decision, saying it doesn’t benefit one of the United State’s strongest allies.
“Lasting solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be negotiated by parties involved,” he tweeted. “Both sides must do more to lay groundwork for peace – from halting settlement construction to ending incitement. Today’s disappointing UN vote failed to further any of these goals.”
Republicans across the board denounced the decision, saying it could have detrimental consequences.
President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan assured they would work to repair the damage made during after the inauguration.
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