Angered by the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from a UN Security Council vote last week that resulted in a unanimous decision by other members to condemn Israeli settlements on the West Bank as major humanitarian violation, members of Congress are said to be moving on legislation aimed at reducing America’s financial contributions to the global body.
But there is more motivating Congress’ actions. As noted by the Free Beacon, the Obama regime is planning even more punitive action against Israel in the waning days of a presidency that has been uncharacteristically harsh on the United States’ long-time ally:
Congress is already setting the stage to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations in the wake of a contested vote last week in which the Obama administration permitted an anti-Israel resolution to win overwhelming approval, according to congressional leaders, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the current administration is already plotting to take further action against the Jewish state before vacating office.
Other punitive actions by Congress could include expelling Palestinian diplomats from U.S. soil and scaling back ties with foreign nations that voted in favor of the controversial measure, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation both on and off the record.
The White House has stirred up a hornet’s nest on both sides of the aisle with its highly irregular abstention: Republicans and Democrats are lining up to take action against the UN, in obvious conflict with the White House.
Despite the administration’s usual denials that it is treating Israel harshly (while at the same time paying off Israel’s arch enemy, Iran), the Free Beacon reported exclusively last week “that senior Obama administration officials played a key role in ensuring the measure was passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council. This included a phone call by Vice President Joe Biden to Ukraine’s president to ensure that country voted in favor of the measure.”
Now, if that isn’t actively colluding against a traditional American ally, nothing is. Obama has disrespected and endangered Israel from his earliest days in office.
But help is coming. President-elect Trump has assured Israel his administration will not pick up where Obama plans to leave off.
As for the UN, the Trump administration, with congressional help, is more likely than not to avoid having anything to do with a global organization that is long on supporting U.S. enemies and short on backing U.S. initiatives, despite the fact that American taxpayers pay more than one-fifth of the UN’s bills every year.
As for leaving the organization entirely, that would take legislation and Congress is not likely to send him that kind of legislation. It’s a safer bet to believe a Trump administration will take whatever measures it can to punish the organization while side-stepping it completely as often as possible.