Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to introduce legislation Thursday to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations until the anti-American organization rescinds its recently passed, vehemently anti-Israel resolution.
U.S. contributions to the body’s regular and peacekeeping budgets stand at roughly $3 billion a year — about a quarter of the respective budgets.
The senators’ Safeguard Israel Act of 2017 seeks to “prohibit voluntary or assessed contributions to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that United Nations Security Resolution 2334 has been repealed,” an advance copy of the draft bill obtained by Conservative Review states.
The controversial U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was approved thanks to the Obama administration’s abstention. As a permanent member of the Security Council, the United States can veto any resolution passed through the U.N. body.
U.N.S.C. Res. 2334 condemned Israel for its supposed “settlement” activity and removed Israel’s claim to its capital, Jerusalem. The U.N. measure also claims that Jewish homes in the West Bank are illegal under international law, which is not true. It described the holiest sites in Judaism, such as the entirety of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount as “occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution also encouraged the International Criminal Court to open a partisan investigation into Israel.
Senators Graham and Cruz described the Obama administration’s behavior “an abandonment of long standing policy of the United States and previous commitments made to Israel.” As their Safeguard Israel Act notes, the U.N. passes more resolutions against Israel than every other country combined, while ignoring the atrocities being committed.
If the bill passes, the United States will refrain from making any monetary contributions to the United Nations, or any of its subsidiary or specialized agencies, until the president of the United States ensures the repeal of the toxic U.N. resolution.