U.S. Republicans Submit Resolution Supporting Israel's Right to Annex West Bank

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) introduces House resolution that supports annexation if the Palestinian Authority continues to push for UN vote.

Natasha Mozgovaya
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U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL), introduced on Monday a resolution (with 30 co-sponsors) to support Israels right to annex the West Bank in the event that the Palestinian Authority continues to push for vote at the United Nations.

Weve got what I consider to be a potential slap in the face coming up with the vote in the UN, which is absolutely outrageous, Walsh told Politico website last July.

The U.S. House of Representatives, September 14, 2011Credit: AFP

He was quoted as saying that "its clear that the United States needs to make a very strong statement. I would argue that the president should make this statement, but hes not capable of making it. So, the House needs to make this statement, if the [Palestinian Authority] continues down this road of trying to get recognition of statehood, the U.S. will not stand for it. And we will respect Israels right to annex Judea and Samaria.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) delivered the keynote address at the Jewish National Funds 2011 National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Boehner said that it is the U.S.'s duty to stand by Israel "not just as a broker or observer – but as a strong partner and reliable ally.

Referring to the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN, Boehner said that Israel has demonstrated time and again it seeks nothing more than peace a peace agreed to by the two states and only the two states. Like every prime minister before him, Prime Minister Netanyahu knows peace will require compromise – and he accepts that. He welcomes that."