Cole Statement on U.S. Abstention on UN Security Council Anti-Israel Resolution
December 23, 2016
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the United States abstained from vetoing its vote in allowing the passage of the United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.
"This action was a shameful abandonment of a long time ally that has been routinely berated and attacked by the hostile majority in the UN General Assembly," said Cole. "The action was made worse by Ambassador Powers’ gratuitous insults to the current government of Israel.
"One wonders if this action was a last calculated slap in the face to Israel by the outgoing Obama Administration. While claiming to support Israel, the Obama Administration has put Israeli security at risk with its flawed Iranian nuclear deal,” continued Cole. "And it is the Obama Administration that has repeatedly clashed with the current government of Israel over diplomatic and security issues.
"Thank goodness there will soon be a new president in the White House and a new administration in leadership that will work with, rather than against Israel. Given that reality, this abstention should be seen as an act of pique by the outgoing Obama Administration rather than a reflection of U.S. policy going forward."