House against U.N. Palestinian vote

The House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly backed the idea of a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rejected Palestinian pursuit of statehood through the United Nations.

The vote was 407-6 for the nonbinding resolution, which also called on the Obama administration to consider suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority.

The July 7 resolution said the goal was two states — “a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state, living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.”

The nonbinding resolution is similar to one passed last month by the Senate. — ap & jta