Congressman: US ready to veto recognition bid
(Maan News Agencey) --
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- US representative Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that the Obama administration would use its veto at the UN Security Council if Palestinians move forward with a bid for recognition in September.
Hoyer, the Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives, is in the region leading a congressional delegation sponsored by a pro-Israel lobby group, the AIPAC-backed America-Israel Education Foundation.
Meeting with Israel's president Shimon Peres, Hoyer handed over a signed resolution affirming "unyielding" support for Israel and calling on the Palestinians to return to negotiations, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Hoyer said the resolution put the US on record as being opposed to a United Nations unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, because such a declaration was not a "positive step," the Post report said.
The US would use its right of veto in the UN Security Council if necessary, he said.
In response, Peres said he would "never forget this bi-partisan support."...MORE...LINK
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