Hatch wants to cut U.N. funds if Palestine status upgraded
Richard Drew, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations if it upgrades Palestine's current status.
Citing press reports, Hatch said the U.N. General Assembly may soon vote on whether the Palestinian authority’s status will be upgraded from an observer “entity” to an “observer state.” The Utah Republican filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to eliminate funding for the U.N. should that happen.
“Increasing the Palestinians’ role in the United Nations is absolutely the wrong approach, especially in light of recent military developments in the Middle East,” Hatch said. “Israel is one of America’s closest allies, and any movement to strengthen one of its fiercest enemies must not be tolerated.”
Hatch's amendment follows legislation he introduced last year, the Solidarity with Israel Act, that is designed to discourage the General Assembly from upgrading Palestine’s status. Any increase in Palestine’s status could directly impact the ability of the Palestinians to manipulate such U.N.-affiliated organizations as the International Criminal Court, he said.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, joined eight other GOP senators in co-sponsoring the amendment.
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