Skip to comments.The U.N. suicide vest
Posted on 10/31/2011 5:43:13 PM PDT by jazusamo
Recognition of Palestinian statehood has dangerous consequences
The Palestinian Authoritys bid for U.N. recognition has substantial downsides, including wrecking the peace process and increasing regional instability. The upside is that it could drive the United States out of the United Nations.
On Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted overwhelmingly to admit the Palestinian Authority to full membership. This step triggered an immediate cutoff of U.S. funds to the organization, which total around $70 million annually. The UNESCO defunding was based on legislation from 1990 and 1994. Section 414 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, fiscal 1990 and 1991, states, No funds authorized to be appropriated by this act or any other act shall be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as member states. The 1994 law broadens the ban to include the U.N. recognizing any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood.
The State Department had warned UNESCO of the automatic defunding provisions and said it could find no way around the law despite the best efforts of its legal team. This mitigates any credit the Obama administration can claim for standing up for Israel on this issue because presumably if State Department lawyers were more clever, the UNESCO funds would keep flowing.
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Wow, with the US providing the majority of the funding for the UN right now, what are the odds that the PA causes the UN to cease to exist?
It’d be nice to think the PA is doing us a favor but I doubt our people in Washington will bail, I hope I’m wrong.
Do you really think that the scofflaw-in-chief will cut one penny from any UN payments regardless of the law?
I hear what you’re saying about this Marxist bastard, hopefully this is one law he can’t get around.