The GOP-led House has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure that rebukes the United Nations for criticizing Israeli settlements as Republicans accused President Barack Obama of turning his back on the Jewish state.
Lawmakers voted 342-80 Thursday to pass the nonbinding measure that declares unwavering support for Israel. The measure also insists that the United States reject any future actions by the U.N. that are "anti-Israel."
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Obama administration abandoned Israel at a crucial moment. He says it's time to repair the damage done by the U.N.'s "misguided hit job."
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Democrats who opposed the measure derided Republicans for distorting the complexities of the Middle East peace process. They also say Obama deserves credit for engineering a security agreement that gives Israel $38 billion in U.S. aid.