In December, the Obama administration made waves in the international community when it abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The response by conservatives was swift.
Now, former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is jumping in calling for President-elect Donald Trump to unshackle the U.S. from the U.N.
“One is, I called for our next president, Donald Trump, to call for the unshackling of the political bands tying us to the U.N.,” Palin told Breitbart News when asked about the Security Council resolution on Israel, notes Salon. “By exiting the U.N., where injustice is actually rewarded, we then will be able to uphold America’s reputation as the leader, and as the kind and compassionate and generous nation that we are — as the nation sharing values that, when emulated by any other nation, can bring justice and equal rights to any other nation.”
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 28. “They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but…….not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Trump will take office on Jan. 20.
According to The Washington Post, Senate Republicans are considering withholding America’s financial contribution to the U.N. as a response to the Israel resolution. America’s contribution amounts to 22 percent of the organization’s annual operating budget.
“The U.N. has made it impossible for us to continue with business as usual,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said. “Almost every Republican will feel like this is a betrayal of Israel and the only response that we have is the power of purse.”
“We will make a very strong attempt to do something immediately,” an anonymous GOP Senate aide added. “It is a real moment to reexamine the relationship with the U.N. and what it really does.”
Sources: Salon, The Washington Post, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr