Actions have consequences.
In response to last month’s United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Jewish settlements within alleged Palestinian territories, Israel has announced plans to suspend an estimated $6 million in funding to the U.N.
The Times of Israel reported:
The cut to Israel’s $40 million annual contribution to the United Nations represented the portion of the UN budget allocated to four committees on Palestinian issues, the Israeli mission said.
Those committees include the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Division for Palestinian Rights, the Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, and the Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the U.N. Department of Public Information.
“It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the UN,” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement.
“We seek to stop the practice where the UN is used solely as a forum for unending attacks against Israel.”
The resolution was only made possible when the Obama administration refused to veto the measure, and instead abstained, an act condemned by members of President Obama’s own party and President-elect Donald Trump.
The Times reported:
The announcement came a day after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of a measure condemning the UN stance and chastising President Barack Obama’s administration for abstaining in the Security Council vote.
Israel cuts $6 million in UN funding over anti-settlement vote https://t.co/JkjstGgmfv
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) January 6, 2017
Folks on social media were delighted.
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— Margy I Phillips (@PhillipsMargy) January 6, 2017
@TimesofIsrael Well done Israel! We hope the USA cuts our waisted money we give to the UN! TRUMP will reverse damege! CF, Partner F&F CPAs.
— Cesar Frutos (@cesarfrutoscpa) January 6, 2017
Maybe it’s time for the United States to show a backbone and withhold its own funds from the United Nations.
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