Israel to Cut $2 Million From UN Funding Due to 'Obsessive Bias Against Israel'

The funds, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, would be instead used to expand international assistance projects in countries that vote for Israel in international forums.

UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to cut $2 million from the funds Israel transfers to United Nations' institutions, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emanuel Nahshon said.

The cut, Nahshon said, is in response to the "hostile proposals concerning Israel adopted by the UN Human Rights Council." The funds, the spokesman said, would be used instead to expand international assistance projects in countries that vote for Israel in international forums. 

Nahshon explained that the decision was a part of a campaign being waged by Israel and its friends, with the United States foremost, to correct the "obsessive bias against Israel in the UN and its agencies."

On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted four resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a motion condemning settlement construction in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The motion calls on states and firms to avoid both direct and indirect ties with the settlements.

The four resolutions were only declarative in nature.

In 2016, Israel gave the UN $11.7 million in membership fees, determined by the international organization according to the relative size of each state. Following the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which severely criticized Israel over the settlements, Israel cut $6 million from its UN funding. After this new cut, Israel will only give $3.7 million to the UN. 

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told AIPAC that the Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for its settlements.

“Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support” for Israel, Haley said Monday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, where she earned the warmest reception of all of this year’s speakers, with an extended standing ovation.