Ambassador Power: Defunding UN Agencies for Admitting ‘Palestine’ Hurts U.S.
It is easy to see why the Palestinian leaders have grown more crazy than usual with their new demands –they’ve discovered they can act with impunity and the Obama administration will back them, coddle them, and incite them to further acts.
CNS News reports
Defunding United Nations agencies that admit “Palestine” is not in the interests of the U.S., Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power argued Wednesday, because doing so constitutes a “double win” for the Palestinians.
Not only do they score by gaining admission to a U.N. body, she told the House Appropriations’ subcommittee responsible for foreign operations, they also benefit by having U.S. influence in that body reduced, making way for the likes of Russia, China and Cuba to take the lead.
Power was arguing for lawmakers to support a waiver to provisions in U.S. law that prohibit funding for any U.N. agency “which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as member states.”
That legal requirement forced the Obama administration to defund the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after it became the first U.N. agency to admit the Palestinian Authority, in late 2011. For two years the administration sought a waiver, without success, and last November the U.S. lost its voting rights at UNESCO as a result of being two years in arrears.
UNESCO’s loss of the 22 percent of its budget the U.S. had been providing hit the agency hard. After U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon fretted about the financial implications to the world body, the P.A. suspended plans to extend its U.N. recognition campaign.
As a result, many lawmakers viewed the funding cutoff as an effective deterrent.
But Power said Wednesday that the defunding requirement harms U.S. interests more than those of the Palestinians.
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