Israeli representatives have informed the United Nations council that the state of Israel plans to subtract a significant portion of its annual contributions to the U.N. in 2017. They claim this is a direct consequence for the U.N. supporting the anti-settlement resolution being passed.
“It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the U.N.,” Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, said in a statement. “The U.N. must end the absurd reality in which it supports bodies whose sole intent is to spread incitement and anti-Israel propaganda.”
In total, Israel will retract around $6 million in funding to specific areas of the budget, to include ‘The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,’ ‘The Division for Palestinian Rights,’ ‘The Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices,’ and the ‘Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine of the UN Department of Public Information.’
Apparently, the deleting of funding is only the first step of retaliatory actions Israel seeks against the U.N. According to Danon, this is “only the first in a series of steps under consideration by the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Mission in reaction to the recent Security Council resolution.
“Now is the time to implement real change at the U.N.,” Danon claims. “We seek to stop the practice where the U.N. is used solely as a forum for unending attacks against Israel.”
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