McCotter introduces bill to cut U.N. funds if Palestinian state recognized this fall

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From the office of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI):

In response to the Palestinian Authority’s lobbying of United Nations Assembly members to legitimize its claim to international status as a “state,” U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter (MI) has introduced H.R.2261, to withhold United States contributions to the United Nations or a United Nations agency if the United Nations or such agency supports the recognition of an independent Palestinian “state.” Thus, any U.N. action that purports to acknowledge or authorize Palestinian “statehood” would result in a cutoff of all U.S. contributions to the offending agency.

“Israel is our trusted ally and the lone representative democracy in the Middle East, which deserves all we can do to ensure her stability and success in land negotiations. A lasting, peaceful resolution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is an important goal, but it is wrong for the administration to sit by while the U. N. General Assembly considers tilting the balance against Israel,” said Rep. McCotter.


Under Rep. McCotter’s legislation, if the General Assembly ignores this warning, all funds would be cut off to the bloated U.N. Secretariat in New York City; however, funds to agencies such as the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and others with autonomous governing bodies and funding mechanisms would not be affected.

Count me all for it. It’s time to get serious, and time for Congress to start providing a real counterweight to Obama’s anti-Israeli policy shifts. Standing ovations for Netanyahu are pointless if Congress can’t do anything concrete. And holding back those millions from the U.N. bureaucrats and leeches is hardly going to be an unpopular move in the current economic climate.

By the way, there has been talk of McCotter for president, and why shouldn’t he throw his hat in the ring? I can’t say that I find it extremely credible that he could win the nomination—I’m not sure what built-in constituency he brings to the table, for one—but he ought to warrant serious consideration as a VP pick by one of the governor types (and I think the winner this time is likely to be a governor type). He would bring deep and fiercely pro-freedom foreign policy chops to the ticket, and is young enough to be ideally placed to take the top place on the ticket after two great terms by President Pawlenty/Perry/Palin/Insert Your Choice.

It’s sure nice to have these things mapped out so far in advance.