PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are united in opposition to a UN Commission to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident. Their joint letter to the President says “We ask you to stand firm in the future at the United Nations Security Council and to use your veto power, if necessary, to prevent any similar biased or one-sided resolutions from passing.”
Yesterday the White House strongly denied claims the Obama administration planned to support creation of a United Nations Commission to investigate Israel’s role in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House Deputy Press Secretary said the accusation was not true, and “We know of no resolution that will be debated at the U.N. on the flotilla investigation next week.” The strong denial is doing little to ease concerns on Capitol Hill.
The lawmakers maintain that even if a vote does not come before the UN Security Council next week, a commission could be established by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The draft of a joint letter to the President is now being circulated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and it focuses on a potential UN role: