Taking Action on the United Nations in 2017
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
- February 15, 2017: President Trump: "America and Israel are two nations that cherish the value of all human life. This is one more reason why I reject unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations – which has treated Israel, in my opinion, very, very unfairly – or other international forums as well as boycotts that target Israel."
- December 28, 2016: President-elect Trump: "The UN has such tremendous potential. Not living up to its potential. There is such tremendous potential, but it is not living up. When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don't. They cause problems. So if it lives up to the potential it's a great thing. And if it doesn't it's a waste of time and money."
- December 23, 2016: President-elect Trump: "As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis... As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th."
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley
- February 16, 2017: "Vice President Mike Pence hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory... They...agreed to work together against one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations and other international forums, as well as boycotts that target Israel..."
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan
- March 27, 2017: Ambassador Haley (responding to questions): "Question: I want to quote from your first remarks -- your first public remarks as ambassador. You said, regarding those countries, those nations, that don't have America's back at the U.N. -- I think everyone was sort of stunned when you said this because you said, quote, "we're taking names." You said, you said, "We're taking names and we will make points to respond to that accordingly." So specifically, what can the United States do, what can the ambassador for the United States do, to hold countries accountable to, as you said, don't -- to address the fact that many of them don't have America's back at the U.N.?
Nikki Haley: You know, basically what it comes down to is I'm not there to play. And what I wanted to make sure of was that the United States started leading again. And leading isn't saying and doing things when it's comfortable. Leading is saying and doing things when it's not comfortable.
So the goal was have the backs of our allies. Never again do what we saw happen with Resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support. When Resolution 2334 happened, and the U.S. abstained, the entire country felt a kick in the gut. We had just done something that showed the United States at its weakest point ever. Never do we not have the backs of our friends. We don't have a greater friend than Israel. And to see that happen was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful. And so what I can tell you is everyone at the United Nations is scared to talk to me about Resolution 2334. And I wanted them to know that, look, that happened, but it will never happen again.
So to answer the question on what can we do at the U.N., we can do a lot. The power of your voice is an amazing thing. So one, changing the culture of the U.N. is very important. And the way you change the culture of the U.N. is United States tells them what we're not going to put up with. We start to change the culture to what we should be talking about. And then we actually act on what we say.
I wear heels. It's not for a fashion statement. It's because if I see something wrong, we're going to kick them every single time. So how are we kicking? We're kicking by, number one, putting everybody on notice, saying that if you have our back -- we're going to have the backs of our friends, but our friends need to have our back too. If you challenge us, be prepared for what you're challenging us for, because we will respond.
The next thing we did was we said, the days of Israel-bashing are over. We have a lot of things to talk about. There are a lot of threats to peace and security. But you're not going to take our number one democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them. And I think what you're seeing is they're all backing up a little bit. The Israel-bashing is not as loud. They didn't know exactly what I meant outside of giving the speech, so we showed them.
So when they decided to try and put a Palestinian in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the U.N., we said no and we had him booted out. That doesn't mean he wasn't a nice man. That doesn't mean he wasn't good to America. What it means is, until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table, until the U.N. responds the way they're supposed to, there are no freebees for the Palestinian Authority anymore.
So then they tested us again. And a ridiculous report, the Falk Report, came out. I don't know who the guy is or what he's about, but he's got serious problems. Goes and compares Israel to an apartheid state. So the first thing we do is we call the secretary general and say, this is absolutely ridiculous. You have to pull it. The secretary general immediately pulled the report. And then the director has now resigned.
Last thing. So for anyone that says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there's a new sheriff in town."
- March 15, 2017: Ambassador Haley: "The United States is outraged by the report of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising. That it was drafted by Richard Falk, a man who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused ridiculous conspiracy theories, including about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is equally unsurprising. The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether. The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world."
- February 16, 2017: Ambassador Haley: "The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It's the first meeting like that that I've attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah's illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that's how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.
I'm here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I'm here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN's anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.
We stand for peace. We support a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is negotiated directly between the two parties, as President Trump reiterated in his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. The outrageously biased resolutions from the Security Council and the General Assembly only make peace harder to attain by discouraging one of the parties from going to the negotiating table.
Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs. Imagine that. There is no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea. There is no division devoted to the world's number one state-sponsor of terror, Iran. The prejudiced approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues does the peace process no favors. And it bears no relationship to the reality of the world around us.
The double standards are breathtaking. Just a few days ago, the United States sought unsuccessfully to have the Security Council condemn a terrorist attack to Israel, where the terrorist opened fire on people waiting for a bus and then stabbed others. The Security Council would not hesitate to condemn an attack like that in any other country. But not for Israel. The statement was blocked. And that's downright shameful.
Israel exists in a region where others call for its complete destruction and in a world where anti-Semitism is on the rise. These are threats that we should discuss at the United Nations as we continue working toward a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
But outside of the UN, there is some good news. Israel's place in the world is changing. Israel is building up new diplomatic relationships. More and more countries recognize how much Israel contributes to the world. They are recognizing that Israel is a beacon of stability in a troubled region, and that Israel is at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological discovery.
It is the UN's anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change. The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel.
I will say that I think we saw maybe a slightly different tone in the meeting, but we will have to see how it goes."
- January 27, 2017: Ambassador Haley: "Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN, and the way that we'll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies, and make sure that our allies have our back, as well. For those who don't have our back, we're taking names – we will make points to respond to that accordingly. But this is a time of strength, this is a time of action, this is a time of getting things done. And this administration is prepared and ready to go in – to have me go in, look at the UN, and everything that's working, we're going to make it better; everything that's not working, we're going to try and fix; and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary, we're going to do away with. But this is a time of fresh eyes, new strength, new vision, and a great day at the USUN."
- January 18, 2017: Ambassador Haley: "However, any honest assessment also finds an institution that is often at odds with the American national interest and American taxpayers. Nowhere has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than it is -- than its bias against our close ally Israel... We contribute 22% of the U.N.'s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for? To your credit, the Congress has already begun to explore ways the United States can use its leverage to make the United Nations a better investment for the American people. I applaud your efforts, and I look forward to working with you to bring seriously needed change to the U.N.... [M]y goal for the United Nations will be to create an international body that better serves the interests of the American people... We must build an international institution that honors commitment to freedom and democracy."
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman
- March 27, 2017: Speaker Ryan: "Israel today also faces a new threat... It is called the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions-or BDS-movement. We know the goal is to delegitimize Israel and isolate her under the thin veil of social justice and human rights. We saw this in December at the United Nations-an organization obsessed with singling out and demonizing Israel. So I want to say to the UN: We will not tolerate your anti-Israel bias. The Trump administration will not tolerate your anti-Israel bias. And our new ambassador, Nikki Haley, will certainly not tolerate your anti-Israel bias..."
Senator Marco Rubio
- March 8, 2017: "Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday asked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reconsider American support for the United Nations agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, as well as for the UN Human Rights Council. The agencies do not fulfill their mission, he told the secretary, according to readout of the meeting issued by Liberman's office. 'Instead, the Human Rights Council deals with demonizing Israel and with efforts to harm it by distorting reality.' He said it was unacceptable that 60 percent of the council's resolutions targeted Israel instead of dealing with the dire human rights situation in Iran or North Korea or Syria."
Senator Lindsey Graham
- January 18, 2017: Senator Rubio: "As I said when the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 2334 with the United States abstaining, if the U.N. wants to continue to attack Israel and promote anti-Semitism, I will work to see that it does so without U.S. taxpayer funding... It's time for the United Nations to be held accountable for targeting and singling out Israel while countries that actually threaten international peace and security-like Russia and China-go unchallenged."
Senator Ted Cruz
- December 24, 2016: Speaking on CNN, Senator Lindsey Graham warned that he will propose a bill in Congress to pull U.S. funding for the United Nations unless the U.N. Security Council repeals its just-passed resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal. "'I am a huge supporter of foreign aid and the U.N... But I can't support funding a body that singles out the only democracy in the Middle East who shares our values... 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."
- December 23, 2016: In a statement, Senator Lindsey Graham announced "If the United Nations moves forward with the ill-conceived resolution, I will work to form a bipartisan coalition to suspend or significantly reduce United States assistance to the United Nations."
Senator Jerry Moran
- January 5, 2017: Senator Ted Cruz . called for cutting U.S. taxpayer funding to the United Nations unless the U.N. Security Council repeals its discriminatory anti-Israel resolution #2334.: "U.S. Policy for decades has been to stand up for Israel at the United Nations, a hotbed of anti-semitism that discriminately condemns Israel more than any country in the world, particularly when resolutions are being offered up that are outrageously biased, that attempt to predetermine the outcome of negotiations, that prejudge the basis for negotiations or that try to dictate terms to Israel... I'm working with my colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, on introducing legislation along with other members of this body designed to cut U.S. taxpayer funding going to the U.N., unless and until they repeal this disgraceful anti-Israel resolution.
- December 24, 2016: Senator Ted Cruz tweeted 'No US $ for UN until reversed,'
Senator Chuck Schumer
- December 30, 2016: Senator Jerry Moran announced that he would introduce a resolution on the first day of the 115th Congress supporting Israel and disapproving the recent actions of the United Nations. "The resolution I introduce next week when Congress reconvenes will express the sense of the Senate that we stand in support of Israel and disapprove of the U.N.'s actions. I am committed to working with both Republicans and Democrats to make sure we stand with Israel and that the United Nations cannot be used as a forum to create policies that hurt our nation and its allies."
Senator Ben Cardin
- December 23, 2016: "Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said it was 'extremely frustrating, disappointing and confounding' that the Obama administration failed to veto the UN's vote. Schumer called out the UN as a "fervently" anti-Israel body, since the days of "Zionism is racism." 'Whatever one's views are on settlements, the UN is the wrong forum to settle these issues,' Schumer said."
Senator Cory Gardner
- January 18, 2017: "Yet I do believe we can all agree that the United Nations must do better in many areas. For it to achieve its full potential, it must change. So let me share with you some areas where I hope we can work to reform and change the way the United Nations does its business. First, the United Nations must be fair. One of the persistent weaknesses across the U.N. system has been its bias and ugly approach to issues related to Israel. This must end... United States must continue to use its voice and its vote to call out and push back against resolutions and other actions that aim to isolate Israel, our unique ally in the Middle East."
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- January 18, 2017: "It seems like we have a United Nations today composed of people far from the idea and vision that President Truman outlined. It's this idea of faith of men and human values, apparently in Russia it's illegal annexation of Crimea. North Korea tortures its own people and in Iran meaning the leading sponsor of terrorism around the globe. United Nations recently as we've talked about here passage of Resolution 2334, I encourage everybody here to watch the video of the reaction of the Security Council after the United States abstained from our leadership. Applause broke out in the Security Council. Contrast with the passage of 2270 and the passage of a sanctions against North Korea that has hundreds of thousands of people killing its own people, salving its own people and there was silence. The world apparently applauds when we attack our ally, but sits by when we condemn dictators."
Congressman Chris Smith
- February 2, 2017: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "We must also take a long, hard look at what our role at the United Nations is. That is why I intend on reintroducing legislation that would address the need for reforms at the United Nations, because it is clear that engagement with the UN over these past few years has only served to legitimize its anti-Israel agenda... We could all be in agreement that the body meant to promote and defend human rights worldwide should not be controlled by nations that have some of the worst human rights records. And it makes sense that the body tasked with ensuring the protection of cultural and historical heritage should not be used as a political tool to deny or erase the cultural and historical ties of a people to their homeland. Too many continue to see the United Nations for what it is supposed to be – not for what it is – unwilling to come to the hard realization that we need to take a drastic new approach if we are to salvage its mission. It has become a politicized tool used more to block action or maintain the status quo. And it has become the place where the world's dictators come together to demonize Israel, because it's easy."
Congressman Louis Gohmert
- February 2, 2017: Rep. Chris Smith: "United States policy has long maintained that direct, bilateral negotiations are the only path to peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. When we consider that this is our government's official policy, we are forced to recognize the UN as its primary opponent. Because of the reckless agenda of the Palestinian Authority and the misguided policies of global elites in New York and Geneva, the UN increasingly serves as a platform for efforts to circumvent negotiations, impose conditions, and isolate Israel...Clearly the United Nations is an institution that is in need of critical attention and serious reform...Considering the roughly $1.2 billion the United States contributes to UN institutions in toto annually, it is only right that we hold these institutions to account where they abuse their mandates, retaliate against whistleblowers, condone hatred, and undercut our friends. To borrow from a phrase we hear a lot from in Washington these days, we need to drain the UN swamp."
Congressman Mike Rogers
- January 5, 2017: Rep. Gohmert: "I remember when I was a little kid, I saw these signs on fence posts and stuff: 'Get Out of the U.N.' And I thought, you know, that's a little extreme. Well, the further I've gone, the more I'm going, 'You know what? There was something to that. So many dictatorships that are calling the shots, so many violators of human rights that are in charge of human rights – and they're dictating to what was the freest country in the world, how bad we are and how bad Israel is, when actually, Muslims are more free in Israel than any other country in the area. We're about to bring up what should be a very noble thing, a resolution basically condemning the U.N. resolution on the Palestinian issue... I have one that's supposed to be coming out from legislative staff that says we're not gonna pay another dime to the U.N. until they rescind the resolution that was condemning Israel."
Congressman Eliot Engel
- January 3, 2017: "The U.N. has attempted a number of actions which aimed to encroach on the rights granted to U.S. citizens under our Constitution. Most recently, the UN Security Council sided with Palestine and passed a resolution condemning Israel's settlements in Jerusalem. Attacks against one of the United States' greatest allies are just the most recent chapter in the UN's dangerous agenda. I believe our involvement in the UN is a waste of taxpayer dollars," Rogers said.
Congressman Dennis Ross
- January 10, 2017: "The administration made a grievous mistake on not vetoing the one-sided, unfair resolution, which is biased against Israel," Democratic congressman Eliot Engel told TWS Thursday. "The United Nations excludes itself from being any kind of a fair mediator because it is so biased against Israel, each and every step of the way."
Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
- December 30, 2016: "Ross said in conclusion. 'I will continue to hold President Obama and the U.N. accountable for their anti-Israel actions. As Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed their contempt for this gross deviation from our foreign policy, I look forward to working with President-elect Trump in correcting President Obama's anti-Israel tactics, forming a stronger-than-ever friendship with Israel, and promoting peace overseas.'"
Congresswoman Kay Granger
- January 24, 2017: "Congratulations to Nikki Haley on her confirmation as our ambassador to the United Nations. I have no doubt she'll be a tough negotiator on behalf of the American people. I look forward to working with her on bringing much-needed reforms to the U.N. and restoring U.S. leadership abroad."
Congressman Lee Zeldin
- January 31, 2017: "I meant it when I said that the United States should seriously reexamine our financial support of the United Nations,' Congresswoman Granger said. 'The recent one-sided, anti-Israel resolution that passed the U.N. Security Council was only the latest example of the U.N.'s warped priorities and hostility toward our friend and democratic ally. I am proud to introduce this legislation with Congressman Zeldin which shows the American people, Israel and our allies around the world that we stand with them against attempts to undermine and delegitimize them."
Minister of Knesset Yair Lapid
- January 31, 2017: "United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 is an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish attempt on behalf of Pro-Palestinian nations to delegitimize Israel and ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria of the Jewish people. I am proud to join with Congresswoman Granger to introduce the Safeguard Israel Act. It is disgraceful that the United Nations Security Council passed this resolution at the start of Hanukkah; a celebration of the Macabees' fight for freedom on this same very land that this resolution seeks to remove the Jewish people from. The United Nations is becoming a force for everything it was created to fight against. This resolution shamefully crosses a red line and the United States should suspend any more funding to the United Nations until this resolution is repealed."
Minister of Knesset and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren
- March 16, 2017: "Europe and the United States must make it unequivocally clear that as long as the campaign of incitement by the UN and its institutions against Israel does not stop, they will stop supporting this organization that has long ago ceased to fulfill its role....This week I held a series of meetings in Washington aimed at stopping the funding to the UN and convincing the United States to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council and its annexes, and I will continue to do so until that happens."
Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
- February 26, 2017: "U.S. decision to quit the insanely anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council would send a moral message to the world."
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton
- December 29, 2016: "'We should eliminate it, and I'll tell you something. We ought to take that money that's going to the U.N. and make it available to veterans who have served under the U.S. flag and make sure they get the benefits they need. We are getting zero benefits' from the U.N. and we are getting embarrassed by the actions of the U.N."
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor
- January 2, 2017: "Personally, what I would recommend to the president-elect is once he takes office, he should say this resolution is illegitimate and the United States is going to seek to repeal it. If that fails, and that's the most likely outcome, we should cut our contributions to the United Nations perhaps in toto until this resolution is repealed... It's just extremely distressing that even Great Britain didn't abstain on this resolution, and it shows just how much difficulty there is in the United Nations to try and carry out a coherent American foreign policy."
- January 1, 2017: "Bolton said he would recommend retaliating against the UN by shifting funding from the U.S. for the international body 'to being purely voluntary' and cutting foreign aid to 'bad actors,' like Venezuela and Malaysia, that voted for the resolution. 'We ought to take other steps against those countries to show how unhappy we are,' he said."
Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
- February 23, 2017: "A new U.S. administration and new U.N. secretary-general provide a golden opportunity to help the U.N. return to its core values, challenge its inefficiency, and halt its frequent attacks on American values and allies. The message should be clear: the U.N. must reform or the U.S. could cut its funding. An action plan along these lines involves three stages:
• Transparency. Ms. Haley should appoint a special delegate to the U.N. budgetary committee, to monitor the purposes for which the U.N. and its agencies are using American funding. The U.N. currently has no obligation to provide its funders with detailed annual reports on the use of their funds based on global accounting standards and supervised by a third-party auditor. The relationship is based on 'expectations' to report and 'appreciation' of efforts. That's not good enough for a small business filing its taxes. For an organization spending billions it's ridiculous.
• Diligence. A decade ago, after revelations of systemic abuse, the U.S. launched the U.N. Transparency and Accountability Initiative. It turned out to be all bark, no bite. Things got worse. Institutions like the Human Rights Council remained hijacked by human-rights violators like Cuba, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Congress should reinvigorate the initiative, launching a new phase under which it will work alongside an independent investigator to ensure that U.N. agencies are upholding their mission statements in keeping with U.S. standards, interests and values.
• Accountability. The idea that the U.N. can police itself is a fantasy, but the states that fund it can demand a higher standard. The U.S. should flex its financial muscle. Where performance is lackluster, inefficient, corrupt or abhorrent, America could demand rapid reform. If there is no improvement, Congress must be able to withdraw funding..."
Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer
- December 29, 2016: "'I think many of us have called for America to really step up and consider what it is that we are funding and supporting via the UN...' 'Unfortunately, the UN's presence even, in the U.S. – all that has done is said to people like John Kerry and his desire to essentially cave to other countries, he essentially is inviting other countries to exercise veto power over us, over U.S. national security measures,' Palin continued..."
Abraham D. Sofaer, Former Legal Advisor, State Department, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institution
- December 26, 2016: Krauthammer stated, "We're paying an organization that spends half its time - more than half its time and energy and resources and bureaucracy trying to attack the only Jewish state on the planet, a tiny little spec, while genocide, mayhem, murder, terrorism is going on all over the world. It's an obsession that to an outside observer appears to be insane. Why are we doing this? And the rest of the time is spent undermining the United States and democracy and our allies around the world. It as an organization that exacerbates tensions, it does not assuage them. It was born in hope, the end of the Second World War. It turned out to be a disaster. Any move to minimize our support for it, any move to get it out of the US, imagine if headquarters were in Zimbabwe. The amount of weight and coverage it would get would be zero. I think that's good real estate in downtown New York City, and Trump ought to find a way to put his name on it and turn it into condos."
Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute
- December 30, 2016: "President Trump should inform the Secretary-General before his first report on March 23, 2017, that the U.S. repudiates Resolution 2334 - that the U.S. will veto any effort to enforce its conclusions. He should also seek legislation imposing trade sanctions on states that rely on the resolution to discriminate against Israel, as the U.S. did successfully against the Arab boycott."
Professor Alan Dershowitz
- January 7, 2017: "Of course the United States must have robust, vibrant international relations. We need friends with common interests, and we have to deal with the hostiles. We do not need the U.N. for any of that. We do not need the U.N. at all - it needs us. And if we were out of it, we could still deal with it and support what little good it does. It is not enough to cut off funding from a bad organization. We should disassociate from that bad organization. We should stop helping it be a consequential bad organization by denying it legitimacy. Don't defund the U.N. Just say, 'Go!'"
Journalist & Columnist, Claudia Rosett
- December 28, 2016: Dershowitz said, "...what the United States should do now is threaten to defend the United Nations unless the Untied Nations stops showing this incredible bias against Israel,' he continued. 'Forty resolutions this year against Israel, four against the entire rest of the world at a time when Syria is imploding when Russia took over the Crimea. So many violations of human rights are occurring in the world. Forty resolution against Israel, only four against the rest of the world. That shows you something about the bias of that UN building.'"
Brian H. Hook, Founder, Latitude, LLC
- March 26, 2017: "Another day, another anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations -- this one dressed up in the faux trappings of an assist to Palestinian women. What this resolution really amounts to is one more reason for America to stop funding the UN...It's time the U.S. government recognized that America's huge donations to the UN's sprawling conglomerate of programs-for-Palestinians actually resolve nothing and appease no one. On the contrary, American money is fueling the problems...This UN-abetted racket has become big business for Palestinian bosses, and a trough in which American tax dollars are transformed into a grand muck of resources that nourish the lies, bigotries, jobs and wallets of far too many officials at the United Nations. And for the worst regimes associated with the UN (Iran and its pals come to mind) this is a political bonanza, underwritten by the Great Satan.
Any real remedy needs to start with cutting off the American money that helps bankroll this monstrous sham. And as far an anyone's aim is really to help Palestinian women, it's hard to think of a better place to begin than by doing everything possible to remove from their lives -- as well as ours -- the pervasive and too often pernicious presence of the United Nations."
- March 14, 2017: "The usual defense of the UN is that it may be 'imperfect,' but 'it's all we've got' -- a refrain that tends to be accompanied by prescriptions for reforms that either won't stick, or won't work at all. My argument is, if the UN is all we've got, then it is way past time to come up with something else...The UN, for all its flowery promises, was designed with appalling flaws from the start. The UN operates with no real accountability, no functional moral compass, and no mechanism for acquiring any such vital features. The problems that lead almost inevitably to the UN's bigotry, waste and abuse of its lavish funding and ever-expanding mandates are written into its tyrant-friendly, diplomatically-immune collectively-irresponsible DNA. The incentives suggest, and the record goes far to confirm, that for America the effort to genuinely reform the UN is a project about as promising as investing in the golden future of the workhorse, Boxer, in George Orwell's 'Animal Farm.'"
February 2, 2017: Speaking at the Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration, Hook said: "With regard to the UN Human Rights Council, formal participation by the US in this body legitimizes it without sufficient benefit to the cause of advancing human rights...I therefore favor withdrawing from the Human Rights Council until it adopts the necessary reforms to be a body worthy of its name... According to press accounts, the Trump Administration is considering a data-driven effort to better align our interests and financial support for the UN and other international organizations. This effort has the promising potential to reinforce congressional demands for more transparency and accountability, sends the message that taxpayer dollars will be spent wisely, and encourages other governments to increase their contributions to the UN. These are all important concepts. The UN certainly needs a more equitable allocation of operating costs. It is not healthy for the US or for the UN to be so dependent on one donor."
Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
February 2, 2017: Schanzer spoke at the Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration and said: "The Trump Administration recently indicated that it was prepared to significantly reduce US contributions to the United Nations. It appears that the UN, in its support of Resolution 2334, has backfired. It has only served to sharpen the focus of Congress and the Administration on the need for UN reform. I fully support that initiative... UNRWA needs to be reformed and ultimately phased out, with the
goal of transferring its vital services to the Palestinian Authority...In March the UNHRC voted in favor of creating a blacklist of companies that do business in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. Congress and the Administration should work together to ensure that this blacklist is scuttled. It should further work together to end the tenure of this grotesque body that undermines US human rights policies and detracts from the overall credibility of the UN."
Robert Wexler, President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
February 2, 2017: Wexler said the following at the Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration: "It is undeniable that the United Nations has demonstrated a systematic obsession with unjust criticism of Israel and an institutional anti-Israel bias for decades...Congress and the administration should work with Secretary General Guterres-who is sensitive to our concerns-to dismantle the anti-Israel UN infrastructure and repeal Item 7 or lead boycotts against it...For the benefit of Israel, Palestinians and credibility of the UN, Congress should exercise its leverage to reform the problematic UN infrastructure..."
Columnist Rich Lowry
David Greenfield, David Horowitz Freedom Center Fellow
- January 2, 2017: "Because nothing involving the U.N. is clean or straightforward, it's hard to even know how much the U.S. pays in total into the U.N. system. But it's probably around $8 billion a year. We should withhold some significant portion of it, and demand an end to the U.N.'s institutional hostility to Israel and the implementation of reforms to increase the organization's accountability. There are individual U.N. agencies that do good work, and we can continue to support those."
- December 29, 2016: "We pay more than anyone else to keep the United Nations in business, about 22 percent of the UN's regular budget. As Brett Schaeffer of the Heritage Foundation notes, 'the US is assessed more than 176 other UN member states combined.'... We should withhold some significant portion of it, and demand an end to the UN's institutional hostility to Israel and the implementation of reforms to increase the organization's accountability."
Roger Simon, Co-founder of PJ Media
- December 26, 2016: "The latest anti-Israel vote at the UN has led to calls to defund the corrupt organization which, even when it isn't actively trying to hurt us or our allies, is making the world worse every which way it can... We should defund and withdraw. Where quarreling diplomats once preened in the tower above Turtle Bay, seagulls will soar and young couples will walk with their children. The billions we waste on the UN will go toward taking care of our people. And once we are free of the UN, we will actually be able to promote real human rights instead of pandering to the dictators and Islamists of the United Nations."
Jordan Schachtel, Conservative Review Correspondent
- December 25, 2016: "Donald Trump -- who is seeking to spend a ton of taxpayer money on rebuilding our military and infrastructure -- is undoubtedly looking for places to save. Nowhere would be better to start than that moribund center of international corruption and megaphone for tin-pot dictators, the United Nations."
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, UN Special Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches
- January 3, 2017: "The U.N. resolution is just the latest coming from an organization that devotes much of its time toward demonizing America and its allies, and empowering despotic regimes... If Congress won't defund the U.N. in its entirety, they should, at the very least, cut off the support of its most cancerous institutions."
- December 29, 2016: "Congress must eliminate all funding to the UN after the Security Council passed anti-Israel Resolution 2334, said the World Council of Independent Christian Churches' envoy to the world body. 'We are calling on President-elect Donald Trump, upon his first order of business on January 21, 2017, to call upon Congress to cut all funding to the UN...' said Laurie Cardoza-Moore late Wednesday."