McCOTTER Files Legislation re U.N. Acknowledgment of Palestinian "Statehood"

Washington, D.C. – 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. 

Importantly, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton recently wrote:

“Recognizing ‘statehood’ does not mean U.N. membership, but it would nonetheless be a major Palestinian success. A resolution recognizing a Palestinian ‘state’ could also declare its boundary to be the 1967 borders (in actuality, merely the 1949 armistice lines), with or without President Obama's caveat about ‘agreed upon swaps’ of land.

“The obvious Palestinian objective is to remove the issues of statehood and boundaries from the realm of bilateral negotiations with Israel, making them fait accompli. Last fall, the Palestinians focused on obtaining a Security Council resolution for this purpose. They believed, for whatever reason, that Mr. Obama would not order an American veto, as his predecessors would have done without hesitation. Many thought the administration might even vote ‘yes’ rather than abstain.”

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.