Young Israel Praises U.S. Vote Against UN Golan Heights Resolution

November 19, 2018

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today thanked President Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for their support of Israel in voting “no” during the United Nations’ annual vote that criticizes Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights. While the United States has historically abstained from the yearly vote, Ambassador Haley noted “the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis,” in deciding to oppose the UN resolution, which she termed a “useless annual vote on the Golan Heights.”

“The National Council of Young Israel is deeply grateful to President Trump and Ambassador Haley for recognizing the absurdity and anti-Israel nature of the UN’s farcical Golan Heights resolution and electing to oppose it,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “As the international community lines up to condemn Israel for its presence in an area that it seized in a defensive war, and whose connection to Israel and the Jewish nation is rooted in history, it is heartwarming to know that the United States is not afraid to buck the tide and do what it knows is just by standing together with the Jewish State.”

“As Syria and Iran’s proxies, including Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, mobilize to Israel’s north, it is more critical than ever that the Israeli presence in the Golan Heights remains robust,” Weiss added. “While the world continually urges Israel to relinquish its control of the Golan Heights, it is only the U.S. that recognizes the need for Israel to take constructive steps to protect its borders and safeguard its citizens.”

“The historic decision to voice its opposition to the UN’s latest resolution condemning Israel is yet another important example of the bona fide affinity that President Trump has for the State of Israel, and a testament to his desire to continue supporting the United States’ lone democratic ally in the Middle East,” Weiss concluded.