This resolution would express the opposition of the House to a United Nations Security Council resolution that criticized Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank for undermining the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It reiterates that it is U.S. policy that lasting peace will only be accomplished through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and that international rulings that place more parameters on a final agreement make that harder to achieve. Additionally, it says that the U.S. should veto future resolutions that impose such preconditions or are one-sided and anti-Israel while trying to repeal of fundamentally modify Resolution 2334.
The House also took issue with the passage of the resolution for other reasons, including:
That a failure to exercise America’s veto reversed decades of bipartisan agreement on the role of the U.N. and outside actors in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process;
That it reduced the likelihood of Israelis and Palestinians restarting productive, direct peace negotiations;
That the resolution’s passage contributed to politically-motivated boycotts of and divestment from Israel in order to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct negotiations between them and the Palestinians which must be rejected.
As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed or have the force of law. It simply expresses the House’s opposition to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334.