GOP, Dem Lawmakers Condemn UN Israel Resolution Ahead of Vote

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging the United Nations Security Council to reject a resolution that would end Israeli settlements. Israel has long disputed that its settlements in the West Bank are unlawful. The vote was supposed to occur on Thursday, but was delayed after President-elect Donald Trump voiced his concerns about it to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The U.S. has signaled its intention to abstain from the vote, drawing criticism from Israel and members of Congress from both parties. House Speaker Paul Ryan said efforts to “defame and delegitimize” Israel will “undermine peace and mutual cooperation by pushing the parties further away from direct negotiations.” Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, echoed Ryan, saying in his own statement that the resolution does not “serve the interests of Israelies and Palestinians who believe in peace.”