“Deploring the misuse of the International Court of Justice by a majority of the United Nations General Assembly for a narrow political purpose, the willingness of the International Court of Justice to acquiesce in an effort likely to undermine its reputation and interfere with a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and for other purposes.”
Reaffirms the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and its “inherent right to self-defense”; condemns the PA for failing to carry out its obligations under the Roadmap; calls on Palestinians and all states in and beyond the region to work together to fight terrorism and dismantle the terrorists’ infrastructure. It also deplores: the “misuse” of the ICJ by some members of the UNGA to advance the Palestinian position [concerning the construction of the wall]; and the 7/9/04 advisory opinion of the ICJ on the wall, “which seeks to infringe upon Israel’s right to self-defense.” States that the ruling will undermine the ICJ’s reputation and undermine a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; commends the president and secy. of state for “marshalling opposition” to the ICJ ruling. Calls on the international community to “reflect soberly” on: Israeli steps taken to minimize the burden of the wall on the Palestinians; the damage done to the ICJ, the UN, and average Israelis and Palestinians by interfering in the Roadmap process and a negotiated solution to the conflict.
See also: similar measures H. Con. Res. 371 on 2/26/04; S. Res. 408 on 7/20/04.
Passed in House 7/15/04 361-45-13.