By voting to approve the PA as a non-member state, the UN has enabled Abbas’s Fatah/PA to take steps in the direction of all these goals. It has served to delegitimize Israel and demonize Jews living beyond the 1949 armistice lines – even Jews living in the eastern suburbs of Jerusalem and the Old City. It is a step toward a sovereign terror state that will share its longest border with Israel. It may be a prelude to more unrest and violence, not peace.
The Obama administration and several other countries opposed the Palestinian UN statehood bid. Now it is the turn of the U.S. Congress. The U.S. can cut aid to the PA, which has circumvented U.S.-sponsored negotiations and ignored U.S. opposition to this UN move.
Also, as former UN ambassador John Bolton argued last year, Congress should legislate a cutoff of all U.S. contributions to any UN agency that acknowledges or authorizes Palestinian statehood. The U.S. provides nearly a quarter of the UN’s regular budget, which in turns funds major UN organs. The UN can decide if it wants Palestinian statehood more than U.S. funding.
About the Author: Morton A. Klein is national president of the Zionist Organization of America. Dr. Daniel Mandel is director of the ZOA's Center for Middle East Policy.
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