Last month, in their final days, the Obama Administration sent a message to the international community condemning the State of Israel. By abstaining from the vote on an anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council, the Obama Administration allowed for the measure to pass without issue. This breaks from long standing precedent and continues with a trend during President Obama’s tenure against Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
There was a significant bipartisan backlash against this vote. A number of Democratic members of Congress, and numerous Republicans spoke out against the decision. For many pro-Israel Americans, the decision is something which is very concerning, especially with the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which President Obama strongly advocated for despite substantial opposition by Israeli officials.
Although the vote may have taken a shot at the liberal Middle Eastern democracy that is Israel, its long term ramifications are likely to be minimal.
With President-elect Donald Trump set to take the oath of office on January 20, it is entirely likely that the new President will reverse course and go against the actions taken under President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s leadership.
In response to these actions, some prominent Republicans have devised a plan to voice their displeasure. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-TX) have introduced legislation which would entirely terminate funding from the United States to the United Nations, until the Security Council’s resolution is repealed.
Senator Cruz stated,
“Congress must hold the U.N. accountable and use our leverage as its largest contributor to push for the repeal of this resolution, making it clear to the world that Congress stands unequivocally against efforts to undermine Israel.”
The measure passed through the House of Representatives 342-80, receiving substantial bipartisan support. 4 Republicans voted against the bill while 76 Democrats voted against it. Some, especially Republicans have stated the US funding to the UN should be eliminated in its entirety, regardless of the actions taken by the resolution.
In fact, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie has reintroduced the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act,” which would remove all American funding and would require the United States to exit from the United Nations. The legislation was originally passed by former Congressman Ron Paul in 1997, it stands little chance of passing.
What do you think? Is this measure an appropriate response to the Obama Administration’s actions? Let HYPELINE know what you think!
(h/t The Hill)