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GOP Threatens to Yank U.N. Funding After Israel Vote

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Some of the nation’s top Republicans are threatening to end U.S. funding for the United Nations after the international body passed a resolution Friday to condemn Israel for building settlements in the so-called Palestinian territories.

“Spoke w/ Israeli PM @netanyahu tonight to wish him Happy Chanukah & assure him of strong support in Congress. No US $ for UN until reversed,” Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted on Christmas Eve.

In that message, Cruz finds himself on the same page as one of his biggest Republican foes in the Senate. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN this weekend that he was in favor of defunding the U.N. until the resolution was overturned.

“It’s that important to me,” Graham said. “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.”

Fourteen U.N. countries voted Friday to officially condemn Israel for building settlements in the West Bank and disputed areas of Jerusalem. The U.S. is typically a reliable veto when these resolutions come along, but President Obama chose to abstain from the vote this time. In doing so, he drew criticism not only from Republicans and the Netanyahu government but even top Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer.

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry came out in defense of Obama’s decision to leave Israel swinging in the wind.

“The United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every U.S. administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Kerry said. “Two states is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors, and freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people.”

As Kerry himself said, the two-state solution has been favored by both parties for years. And yet, no president before Obama took the dramatic step of allowing the anti-Semitic nations of the world to gang up on Israel. This was a political jab at Donald Trump, a parting shot at Netanyahu, and the cherry on top of Obama’s foreign policy sundae.

Calling Israel one of our closest international allies understates the reality of the situation. It would almost be closer to the truth to call it an American adjunct. They are about as close to being an American outpost in the Middle East as you can get without blatantly making them the 51st state. We fund their military, we bolster their economy, and we ensure their security in a way that no country protects any other country. As ludicrous as it would be for the U.S. to abstain from a vote condemning our own country, Obama’s stunt is only slightly less ridiculous.

Alas, the Netanyahu government is Israel’s equivalent to the Republican Party, so Obama is willing to risk an international crisis for the sake of making a political point.

Looking at the philosophy behind the last eight years of domestic and foreign policy, we probably shouldn’t be surprised.

  • LeeJai Cook

    Dec. 25, 2016. LeeJai Cook, Roaring Springs, Texas USA. It would be nice if American funding for the United Nations is stopped entirely. In fact, why don’t we invite the United Nations to leave New York City and find another home. Then halt our contributions to them on a permanent basis. I believe that Elijah will surely abolish the U.N. when he arrives.

  • DeborahG

    we have been trashed there for years so why should we be paying to get abused? Let’s abuse them and cut them down to the average amount each country contributes.

  • glen

    Send the UN to Iraq! America is tired of their prejudice and their favortism.

  • Joe

    Dump the UN. Stop funding this one world otg. Defund and shut the doors on it.

  • Dinah

    Obama said in his book, “The Audacity of Hope” that “if worse comes to worse, politically, I’ll side with the Muslims” (paraphrase). In my eyes it looks like worse has come to worse for the past eight years for he has sided with the Muslims (for the whole of his Presidency).
    That tiny little speck on the Mediteranean has Barack Hussien Obama and the whole Middle East, from far western coast of North Africa all the way to India in a massive tail spin, just as the Bible says it would.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The last time I checked, the US Constitution demands equality between ALL citizens, all PARTIES and all branches of the government. The GOP “threatens?” Really? And just how is it the GOP is such a huge threat we must all be scared out of our wits that Kelly Conway, Trump’s mouthpiece might carry out her threats? Time to start calling the GOP’s bluff. Being a majority is NOT being the only voice in government. But, I guess bullie do need someone to call their bluff to take them down a peg or two.

  • Patty Parfait

    Hey Lindsey Graham … You’ve proven your liberal roots … leave the leading to a real Republican.

  • James Shipley

    Want to see why congress loves Israel….And this is just what they admit to.

    http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest/J5100/view/all

  • Keith Gilbert

    obama has shown his true ‘colors’ and perfidious nature, nothing more; that he is delusional and will involve more mischief before his eviction from our White House…coming so soon but from this rotten conduct not soon enough.

  • Rude Richard

    The UN is not an international body it is a Muslim terrorist origination out to destroy America and Israel…

  • myworld2

    YES DEFUND THE UN They are a useless Elite Club that exists rolled in their own egotistical luxury …..doing business as usual for the goals of the Globalists – taking our freedoms away piece by piece – bit by bit ……telling us we will love being a ROBOT in their ONE WORLD SOCIETY

  • Rude Richard

    The UN is not an international body it is a Muslim terrorist organization out to destroy America and Israel…

  • Rude Richard

    The UN is not an international body it is a Muslim terrorist organization out to destroy America and Israel…

  • There are two glaring errors in this article:
    1. There is no such thing as a country of Palestine. Palestine is a city. Therefore Palestinians are city inhabitants, not countrymen. This assumed nationalism of Palestinians is false.

    The Jews of this country are the backers of Democrats, not Republicans. Therefore, Obama bit the arm off his own party. Besides, anything Kerry says has been written for him, he does not have the capacity for original thought.

  • Floyd Lehman

    Cut off every dime we give the UN.

  • Do not threaten to take away funds, do not threaten anybody, anywhere to do anything. Simply take,away the funding, all of it and start charging for rent and other services offered free of charge, graciously, by the US, if you do not like the proposition take the building and it’s annexes and rebuild it in some other more complacent country. Say in Venezuela, Cuba, Libya or Saudi Arabia, maybe one of the two Congos.

  • Daniel ROPP

    Why just threaten to defund the UN. Just do it! That will send a serious message.

  • Len Barend

    Obama is dreaming if he thinks he could have won re-election. 70% of the country thinks we’re going in the wrong direction so how could the idiot think he’d win again? He smoked too much crack during his high school and college years but his causing his brain to come up with one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever heard.

    He’s lucky he’s not in jail for some of th things he’s done as President. Also his wife must suffer from the same problem telling Oprah that hope is gone in America. After 8 years of Obamacare destroying this country, we finally have hope things will get better. Part of that hope is Obsma is leaving office and part of th hope is Donald Trumb is coming into office. Thank God.

  • Just like Graham…always wanting to steal Cruz’s light… if it weren’t for him, we would have a president-elect that the Dems could not accuse of being tight with the Russians, or loud and abrasive or crooked like Hillary.

  • bagster53

    don’t just threaten , DO IT, then move the u.n. to the middle east , their all muslum loonatics any ways, and stop letting muslum push their sharia here in the u.s. ,

    • Ben Dillard

      I agree!!! Remove all funding and issue a 30 day notice to leave the USA. If they do not comply with the notice, then remove them by force.

      Ben Dillard

    • Mathew Molk

      Ohhh Mannnn. That is what I was going to say.

      And once done don’t stat paying again no matter what they do. They can then throw us out and we can start taxing the UN building. If they can’t pay up then we foreclose. That way we get back some of the money wasted on the NWO bastards.

      When President Trump leaves office in 8 years we can hire him to head up the rehab of the building. – What do you think? Apartments, Condominiums or offices and Restaurant/retail spaces?

      Isn’t it funny how some of same the assholes that were scared to death not to approve obama’s budget and condemned the government shut down are now falling all over each other to be known as the one who lead the charge to defund the UN?

  • President Obama is against everything the average hard working American is for. He shows disrespect for our Constitution and the laws that have kept our country safe over the past centuries. He shows his true self as a far left liberal progressive that believes he knows what is best for the people and that we are not intelligent enough or able to decide what is best for ourselves and family. He deliberately shoved his thumb in Israels face by not voting against the UN security councils resolution to condemn settlements on the west bank. He made a personal statement to the Israeli prime minister.
    Obama will go down in history as being the worst president ever. That will be his legacy. A failure, disgrace, the biggest spender, lawbreaker, hypocritical, liar, non-transparent, deceiving, big ego and weak minded person. He blames FOX News and the Republicans for his failures because he is not man enough to accept failure. Obama should have been impeached but the Congress had no backbone because he was black and they didn’t want to be called racist.
    Good ridence!

  • J GODRE

    HOW MY JEWISH FRIENDS FRIENDS CAN SUPPORT THIS SON OF A BITCH PRESIDENT IS BEYOND ME.

  • Bama

    The UN is an abomination, just as OVomit is! We should defund and pull out of the pro Muslim social club that labels itself the United Nations! We should also shut down their New York headquarters! I’m with baster, let em set up house in Afghanistan!

  • I’m with you== use the money we waste giving to this corrupt organization that harms our country everyday to help our country. Kick the organization out of the US

  • Donald King

    The U.N. has been a disaster since day 1. And a very costly one for our nation. Instead of a win-win, it’s been a total loose-loose for the United States. Corruption abounds at all level of the U.N. Parking is at a premium in NYC. Tear down the U.N. and put up a nice multi-level parking garage – something that would actually serve the American people.

  • Dan Turner

    Be leaders of action not just words. Defund UN immediately.

  • Dan Turner

    Be leaders of action not just members of words. Defund UN today. Close the building and expell all the representatives using DHS agents. Give 1 hour notice to leave.

  • GOP I agree with international standards both peoples deserve rights to self determination and sovereignty

  • Ben Dillard

    I agree. Pull all funding and give them a 30 day eviction notice. If not out within 30 days remove them by force.

  • John Oberheuser

    The U.N needs to leave the US everything they do is against the US. As for Kerry if Obama says jump he wants to know when and how high. Nothing he says can be trusted.

  • I agree it is time to move the U.N. to some other counter and out of the USA. Time to stop paying them and use the money here at home for this country.

  • Well Obama did it once again. He took his childish revenge out on Israel. From the looks of things, no one in there right mind agrees with his actions.He cant be run out of our White House soon enough. How in the hell he got away with all his lawless actions over the pass eight years is mind boggling. Destroy everything he has done and lets make this country respected again.

  • I agree with both bagster53 & Dilmos Johnston 100%.

  • olsoljeraz

    The UN serves is like bringing a sack full of snakes into your home with poisonous vipers mixed in, you want to dump them out and THEN decide which ones are poisonous? Let the UN move to an island somewhere and conduct their shenanigans from a neutral location instead of letting all these “diplomats” couriers, embassy employees and assorted foreign assistance workers roam around the USA with their “diplomatic immunity”. The UN provides very little constructive purpose and primarily affords most of it’s members an opportunity to dump on us in a protected forum. Maybe pay minimum dues and have an ambassador there to veto their BS resolutions.

  • i also agree we should stop funding the U.N. and also kick them out of N.Y., but sadly i doubt very much that that will happen. none of of representatives in the House and Senate have the balls to do it. as much as i support Trump i don’t think even he has the guts to do it. i would love to be proven wrong on this one.

    • Mathew Molk

      i would not bet the farm on that.

      This is a new day and a new way, and just might be the end of the NWO UN.

      Take the money we were giving them and put it against the National debt.

      Maybe China will pick up the slack and pay what we were paying the UN.
      (Fat Chance)

  • HelenB

    I agree with all of you about defunding the UN and getting it out of the US. It’s a useless organization of unelected representatives.

  • Bob Wilson

    obama is openly showing his anti Israel mindset. He has favored muslims since he got into office and along with that stooge Kerry he is not done screwing with our nation. He has nothing to lose by doing all that he wanted to do for the last 8 years. There just isn’t enough spine in either house to take him on or enough time left to do it. He will always get the support of Pelosi and people like Elizabeth Warren and that moron Joe Biden. His muslim brothers in gov’t like Keith Ellerson, Brennan, and all the others must be ecstatic.

  • Macman

    It is very sad that our first African-American President will be judged in history as the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, disruptive and divisive President ever. A man twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

  • Macman

    I say again: It is very sad that our first African-American President will be judged in history as the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, disruptive and divisive President ever. A man twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

  • Macman

    Obama’s move to mass release federal inmates has proven to be as bad of an idea as it sounds. A convicted crack dealer was released in Columbus, Ohio. He has now been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her two children, 7 and 10 years of age.

  • Don’t give the terrorist loving pieces of human waste one red cent, the UN is anti American and anti Israel. We need to send them self serving scumbags packing for our own safety.

  • William Godsey

    I agree with the others who have said get out of the UN. The UN has been anti-American from the beginning. America funds the UN almost 25% and I think we should reduce the amount to 0%.

  • Another vanity spasm from Barry in the 11th hour of his 2-term, occupy-the-White-House.

    An 8-year rhetorical pretense drowned in fraud and deceit.

    That was not a presidency.

  • Clint Hall

    Without our funding there would be no UN.
    BUT, Never get the votes from our so called representatives. That would upset the gravy train for some.

  • River blue

    Get us out of the UN,shot New York’s office down. Take that money we have wasted for years and put the money into rebuilding ourCountry

  • Close down the UN office in New York immediately. Stop all funding. Put the money we have been wasting on the UN joke into rebuilding our Country.

  • Diane Smith

    The UN has been America’s enemy for more than a decade. Now, spurred on by traitor Obama, and the no-nothings he sends to speak for America, we are seeing unspeakable divisiveness. The immorality of the UN, the abject apathy towards human issues is seen and allowed and even supported. The UN is continuing to plunge this world into a hell on earth. It is not active in securing religious freedom, it is blowing our contributions, ( $8 billion, I believe) on ‘power purchases’ , currying favor from communist type countries.
    Israel is a lot smaller these days yet its enemies are gluttons for power and territory. Why isn’t there a balance being shown in the UN? Because corruption is a slime which has overcome its members. Corruption and self interest are driving Obama and the UN body to destroy us. WHY should we pay our attackers. Get the UN gone from America and gone from America’s pockets.

    All the UN wants to do is steal our resources and our generosity. Let the UN function without us !
    Legislators , please vote the UN OUT OF OUR LIVES! America and its allies have had enough of UN evil and misappropriations of our generosity.

  • Rick Mongomery

    GOOD RIDENCE TO THE WORST CHOICE OF PRESIDENT EVER!! HOPEFULLY EVEN AFTER TRUMP, WE AS A COUNTRY WILL BECOME A NATION OF KNOWLEDGE ON WHO IS RUNNING FOR OUR TOP OFFICES!! THEN WE WILL CONCISELY ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE RIGHT JOBS IN OUR GOVERNMENT!! THIS ELECTION SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED!!! SO NOW, LETS GO FORWARD WITH OUR CHOICE AND MAKE IT WORK!!

  • Robert Dahl

    Yah, tell Putin’s Russia to quit interfering in U.S. elections—like I heard he stuffed ballot boxes in Wyoming while nobody was watching. And I denounce all U.S. citizens who object to Israeli interference (whoops, I mean “support”) in their direct contacts with U.S. Congress—since Israel is a sacred exclusive democracy, which is as holy as it gets—and is our true ally (without need of documentation). Like, “we all love Israel”—except those anti-something thugs who don’t. Like I say, by denouncing Russia we support our dearest friend Israel (plus U.S. $$$-billions for West Bank “settlements”). I hope this is perfectly clear (even if a bit cloudy). After all, this is 100% protected All-American Free Speech—not False Flag—ya know what I mean? Oh, did I mention, I speak for all of Mid-American “fly-over” country (like Wyoming & Dakotas.

  • Dot

    Well put Diane ! Agree 100% . And when they start begging for us to stay in we need to stay strong . They pull a lot of crap and we do Not want any part of it !! This should have been done Years ago !! There is No UN in USA !

  • Dot

    To top it off there’s rumor obummer may take a position opening up in the near future, if that doesn’t put the icing on the cake for reasons to get out . You think they work against us now , we probably haven’t seen nuthin yet .

  • Dan

    DO IT. Then serve the UN an eviction notice.

  • Edward Watkins

    The UN isn’t leaving NYC. Better to keep your enemy close. We can and we should cut our funding to a lower level. Let them stew on that juice for awhile. And we might consider some sort of restrictions on their “diplomats” who pretty much get a free pass for unlawful behavior. Of course that might lead to retaliation, so anything along that line would require careful consideration. At this point the US should reduce our funding and see what that does before we move to more restrictive measures.

  • Please kick UN out of US and use that saved money for our country

  • harolddc

    I agree with the majority of the comments on this subject. The UN refuse to accept the boundaries and written in the Bible. Most Muslims and Arabs do not abide b the Bible, they all want to destroy the Jews.
    And the holiest sites of Christendom, according to the UN and Obama, are no longer Israeli land.
    Obama gave all of this away.

    Map of the Holy City via PlanetWare
    https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/borders-of-the-promised-land/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Israel

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promised_Land

  • Ron Costlow

    As for John Kerry’s support of the OBAMA, FAILURE to stand up at the U.N. and oppose the vote against “Israel”, just confirms what an IDIOT he really is.

  • Michael Stewart

    The USA should stop giving all nations including Israel Money. I do not want my tax dollars supporting Israel or any other state. The USA has it’s own problems to deal with and the US government is supposed to take care of Americans only. The pro-israel lobbyists should be abolished as well as no good has ever come from them