For whatever reason, in a world with countless atrocities occurring all around the globe, the United Nations has singled out a single nation to demonize: Israel. In 2016, the U.N. general assembly passed 5 times more resolutions against Israel than against North Korea, Syria, Iran, and the rest of world combined.
U.N. Women named only one violator of women’s rights: Israel. That would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.
Sadly the statistics aren’t much different any other year: Israel is always singled out. Even one who agrees with every resolution against Israel has to ponder why none of the 12 countries that execute homosexuals get any condemnation. Apparently that’s to be expected from an organization that allows Saudi Arabia, a nation where women still can’t drive or participate in public life, to sit on its human rights panel.
This has been a problem with the U.N. for decades, but it finally got the attention it deserves after the U.S. refused to vote against the latest resolution condemning Israel. That action attracted criticism from Donald Trump, who asked President Obama to veto the U.N. resolution. Days later he called the U.N. “a waste of time and money” that’s creating problems rather than solving them. Especially problematic when you consider that the U.S. is funding the lion’s share of the cost of the U.N. The American taxpayer was on the hook for just south of $3 billion to fund the U.N.’s peacekeeping budget in 2016 – over a fifth of that total budget. The total figure is closer to $8 billion if you look at all funding the U.S. provides to the U.N.
Among the various pieces of legislation that Trump could find sitting on his desk when he takes office is one that would reduce that funding to zero — and it’s coming from a rather unlikely pair: Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham.
According to Breitbart: On Thursday, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation that would defund the United Nations over the Security Council’s passage of UN Resolution 2334, which calls Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem “illegal.”
The “Safeguard Israel Act” states that the U.S. government will be prohibited from giving any money to the UN, or any of its affiliates, until President Barack Obama confirms the UN resolution has been repealed and can certify that he has done so. America provides the UN with 22 percent of its budget, contributing $8 billion to the largely anti-Israel organization annually.
“United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 falsely claims that Israel’s sovereignty over the eastern part of Jerusalem and Jewish communities in the West Bank are illegal under international law, and that the Old City of Jerusalem, along with the Temple Mount, the holiest site for the Jewish people, and the Western Wall are ‘occupied Palestinian territory,’” the Safeguard Israel Act states.
The December 23 anti-Israel resolution 2334 passed nearly unanimously despite the Obama administration’s decision to break with tradition and abstain from voting instead of vetoing it. Because the United States is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, an American veto would have automatically stopped the resolution and prevented it from passing.
“President Obama betrayed decades of robust bipartisan American support for Israel at the United Nations by permitting the passage of a biased resolution that condemns our close friend and ally,” Sen. Cruz said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning. “The Security Council’s resolution is only the latest example of the UN’s long history of obsessive hostility towards Israel.”
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution on a 342-80 vote objecting to the Security Council vote, and given just a disproportionate vote, it’s highly likely they’d pass Cruz and Graham’s bill too.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]