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One Republican senator says U.S. should cut all funds from U.N. after anti-Israel resolution passed

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, speaks during a hearing on body cameras in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After the United Nations on Friday passed an anti-Israel resolution, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Saturday that the United States should cut all of its funding from the U.N.

In fact, Graham pledged on CNN Saturday to introduce a proposal to strip the U.N. of U.S. funds if they don't repeal the anti-Israel measure, which "bans" Israel from building settlements in land claimed by the Palestinians.

"It's that important to me," Graham told CNN. "This is a road we haven't gone down before. If you can't show the American people that international organizations can be more responsible, there is going to be a break. And I am going to lead that break."

The South Carolina senator added that he will do everything in his power to ensure that there is "no doubt" where America stands with Israel.

"I will do everything in my power, working with the new administration and Congress, to leave no doubt about where America stands when it comes to the peace process and where we stand with the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel," Graham said.

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The U.N. Security Council on Friday passed a resolution that calls for Israel to stop settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The vote sparked immediate criticism from numerous U.S. and Israeli lawmakers who blasted both the U.N. and the Obama administration, which declined to use its veto power to defeat the resolution.

"We abandoned Israel," Graham said of the resolution after the U.S. failed to veto it.

According to CNN, Graham's official statement following the passing of the resolution was no less stern.

"The Obama-Kerry foreign policy has gone from naïve and foolish to flat-out reckless," he said.

President-elect Donald Trump has already pledged to have a better relationship with Israel than President Barack Obama has. Conversely, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is looking forward to working with Trump and his administration.

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