The likely U.N. vote to formally recognize a Palestinian state during September’s opening session of the General Assembly is a dangerous plan, and should prompt the United States to deny future funding, writes presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich in a piece published Wednesday on the website Humanevents.com
“The Palestinian Authority is promising to ram ahead with its bid in just over a month to be recognized as a state at the United Nations, and the General Assembly will likely approve it over the objections of the United States and Israel,” Gingrich says. “This will define a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, stretching to the 1967 borders and encompassing territory that currently is home to thousands of Israelis . . . It would violate every standing agreement the Palestinians have with Israel, including the Oslo Accords, to negotiate a final border agreement.”
With President Barack Obama’s declared approval of the formation of a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 armistice lines, the situation was muddied “when he became the first president in American history to side publicly with the Palestinians against Israel in demanding that Israel retreat to its 1967 borders, rather than have borders determined through negotiations,” the former House speaker writes.
When a similar attempt was made in 1989 by the Palestinian Liberation Organization for formal recognition as a state during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, then Secretary of State James Baker went for the U.N. jugular.
“‘To emphasize the depth of our concern,’ Secretary Baker promised in 1989, ‘I will recommend to the president that the United States make no further contributions, voluntary or assessed, to any international organization which makes a change in the P.L.O.’s present status an observer organization,’” Gingrich recalls.
Given this fiscal threat, the U.N. got the message. The United States contributes approximately $7.6 billion a year to the U.N.
“That is the resolve we need to show today. Washington should make clear immediately that it will not accept dangerous stunts that threaten Israel’s survival … The time to stop this disaster is before it happens,” Gingrich says. “The time for Congress and President Obama to set out the cost of a United Nations betrayal of Israel is before the General Assembly meets.”
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