Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to the White House’s refusal to veto the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements:
“President Obama’s refusal to veto today's UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements sends a strong message that the United States still supports a two-state solution. Ending settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is an absolute necessity if we’re ever to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“I’ve watched with growing concern the increase in Israeli settlements over the years, where approximately 400,000 individuals now live. I believe the expansion of settlements has but one goal: to undermine the viability of a two-state solution.
“I’ve met with displaced Palestinian families who have been kicked off land they’ve lived on for many generations. The ill will that results from these settlements is a significant roadblock to peace, and I again call on Israel to end their expansion so that a two- state solution remains a possibility.”