388 US Lawmakers Urge Veto of UN Initiatives Biased Against Israel

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A majority of the members of House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to reject any actions by the United Nations that are biased against Israel.

The letter undersigned by 388 House Republicans and Democrats — 89 percent of the 435 representatives — was sent to Obama Thursday amid reports that the Palestinian Authority might revive a draft resolution against Israel’s policies in Judea and Samaria, similar to the one vetoed in 2011 at the Security Council by the United States.

The U.S. should “maintain its indispensable role of mediator” by closely coordinating its moves with “our democratic ally Israel” and by refusing “to support counterproductive efforts aimed at imposing a solution,” read the letter, initiated by Democrat Nita Lowey of New York and Republican Kay Granger of Texas.

It also said the signatories were “deeply troubled by reports that one-sided initiatives may arise at the UN in the…

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