The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Unesco, has voted to grant full membership to Palestinians, despite vehement opposition by the United States, Israel and other Western democracies.
U.S. law forbids funding of any United Nations agency that “grants full membership as a state to any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood”, like the Palestinians for example…it also states that “No funds authorized or appropriated by this act or any other act shall be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which affords the Palestinian Liberation Organization the same standing as member states”. As a result America has cancelled funding for the organization. It would also have to cancel funding for other UN agencies and organizations under similar circumstances.
Rightly so too. Unesco has long been dominated and controlled by Arab/Islamic countries and consumed by anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred, rhetoric and activities, just like the United Nations itself. It has also long been a real impediment to peace in the Middle East, as has the UN. The United States in fact boycotted Unesco for almost twenty years from 1984 onwards because of the “growing disparity between US foreign policy and Unesco goals” and that disparity has done nothing but widen since. In fact, it can easily be argued that Unesco and the United Nations pose significant national security risks to America and that funding either makes no sense at all because it strengthens America’s enemies and weakens herself and her friends and allies…leaving aside the law, there are many excellent reasons why the United States to cancel funding and that is but one of them.
The United Nations Security Council will be voting soon on whether or not to grant Palestinians full membership in the UN, to in effect confer statehood on them. The United States is vehemently opposed to that too and has been working very hard to prevent it from happening. If the United Nations votes to grant full membership to the Palestinians, and the UN being the UN it almost assuredly will, the U.S. will be legally obligated to cancel funding for it as well. American law is very clear and totally unambiguous on that point. Leaving aside morals, ethics and American national security interests, the law cannot be clearer.
The only question is whether President Obama will obey the law as he should or whether he will subvert it and weasel out of it in some way, as he has done on so many other occasions. Cancelling funding for Unesco is one thing. Cancelling funding for the United Nations itself would be quite another as President Obama views U.S. national security interests as secondary to the interests of the UN and he would be most reluctant to do so, legal obligation or no legal obligation.