Benjamin Netanyahu Slashes Millions in UN Funds

March 30, 2017

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Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his capacity as foreign minister, said Wednesday that he would redirect $2 million from Israel’s funding to United Nations institutions in favor of “deepen[ing] and expand[ing] Israeli projects in the field of international assistance,” a reference to the foreign ministry’s MASHAV program.

“This decision is part of Israel’s campaign, together with its friends, and especially the United States, to correct the obsessive discrimination against Israel at the UN and its agencies,” said Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The slash in funding comes on the heels of last Friday’s UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, where the Council adopted four resolutions condemning Israel, including motions condemning construction in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, and one urging countries and corporations to avoid all ties with the settlements.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon wrote on Twitter that “The halls of the UN are being infiltrated by BDS.”

The UNHRC resolutions are only the latest in a wave of UN condemnations of Israel. Earlier this month a  United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) report said that “available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”

In December, Security Council Resolution 2334 asserted that settlements in “Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967” are illegal under international law and and constitute “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, however, it has appeared that Israel has an ally at the world body. In a sharp contrast to the tone set by former President Barack Obama, Trump’s ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has declared war on what she considered an obvious anti-Israel bias. Earlier this week Haley told the annual AIPAC conference in Washington that the days of Israel bashing at the UN are “over” and that there is a “new sheriff in town.”

Israel’s funding to the United Nations currently stands at $3.7 million, after an earlier cut back of $9 million in the aftermath of Security Council Resolution 2334

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