December 23, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) strongly urges the Obama Administration to veto the one-sided anti-Israel resolution, which the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote on as early as 2:00 p.m. (CST) today.
"In 2011, the United States vetoed a similar resolution because in the words of Ambassador Susan Rice the 'resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides and could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations.' The situation is no different today.
"Moreover, an overwhelming bipartisan Congressional majority also oppose resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through biased Security Council resolutions. There are no short-cuts to peace. Only direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can resolve the conflict.
"Today's vote threatens to make a difficult situation worse. Even outgoing UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon recently admitted:
'Over the last decade, I have argued that we cannot have a bias against Israel at the UN. Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.'
"To its credit, the Obama Administration has vetoed every previous one-sided, anti-Israel resolution which has come before the Security Council. Now, with less than one month before leaving office, is not the time for the Obama Administration to explosively end this admirable record. The United States must maintain its commitments and veto this resolution when it comes up for a vote later today."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.