Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on the Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Ambassador Thomas Armbruster
Senior Adviser for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
New York, New York
November 9, 2023


President Biden has been clear that Israelis and Palestinians equally deserve to live safely and securely and deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, justice, and prosperity. The United States is firmly committed to supporting the path to a two-state solution through constructive measures.

The United States remains disappointed that this body has again taken up this unbalanced resolution that is unfairly critical of Israel, demonstrating a clear and persistent institutional bias directed against one Member State.

One-sided resolutions will not help to advance peace. Not when they ignore the facts on the ground. One-sided resolutions are purely rhetorical documents that seek to divide us at a time when we should all be coming together. And we must not cling to longstanding lines of division.

If Member States are serious about promoting the cause of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, they should seek to end the persistent bias within the United Nations against Israel.

The United States will continue to oppose every effort to delegitimize Israel. As such, the United States once again voted against this one-sided resolution and thanks other Members who joined us in voting “no.”

Thank you.