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

Jason Lawrence
U.S. Adviser to the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 10, 2022


The United States’ position is that Israelis and Palestinians equally deserve to live safe and secure lives and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, dignity, security, and prosperity. This is important in its own right and as a means to advance toward a negotiated two-state solution.

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 like those introduced here today only distract from efforts to advance peace. 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 will once again vote against this one-sided resolution and hope other Members will join us in voting “no.”