H. Con. Res. 165, Expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict

H.Con.Res. 165

Expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict

Sponsor
Rep. Ed Royce

Date
November 29, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the House will consider H. Con. Res. 165, Expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict, under suspension of the rules. H. Con. Res. 165 was introduced on September 28, 2016, by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Bill Summary

H.Con. Res. 165 expresses the sense of Congress that:

  • a durable and sustainable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will come only through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties;
  • any widespread international recognition of a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood outside of the context of a peace agreement with Israel would cause severe harm to the peace process, and would likely trigger the implementation of penalties under sections 7036 and 7041(j) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114–113);
  • efforts by outside bodies, including the United Nations Security Council, to impose an agreement or parameters for an agreement are likely to set back the cause of peace;
  • the United States Government should continue to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel; and
  • the United States Government should continue to support and facilitate the resumption of negotiations without preconditions between Israelis and Palestinians toward a sustainable peace agreement.

Background

The longstanding policy of the United States has been that the peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only come through direct, bilateral negotiations between the two parties, and efforts to impose a solution or parameters for a solution can make negotiations more difficult and set back the cause of peace. To this end, the United States has opposed, and at times vetoed, United Nations Security Council resolutions dictating additional binding parameters on the peace process. To date, the United States has vetoed 42 Israel-related resolutions in the United Nations Security Council since 1972.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.