United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
November 18, 2019
Press Release: Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft
“It is important to be clear on serious matters, and today’s announcement regarding Israeli settlements is a serious matter. Israel is a beacon of democracy in a region where other leaders—from Hamas to Iran—do not even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. And yet, while Israel is surrounded by neighbors who seek its destruction, the international community has the audacity to make this nation the subject of its harshest criticism. I will not stand for this, today or any day.
To be clear, the United States remains fully committed to the cause of peace. Today’s announcement does not alter this fact. Ultimately, an argument over international law will not bring about the lasting peace to which we are committed. And just as we are committed to peace, we are committed to Israel.
As I have said before, the United States has always supported Israel; it supports Israel today; and it will support Israel moving forward.”