Anti-Is­rael vote by U.N. draws right’s scorn

Repub­li­cans say time to di­vest funds from in­ter­na­tional body

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY VA­LERIE RICHARD­SON

The res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Is­raeli set­tle­ments in the West Bank could be the most ex­pen­sive vote ever taken at the United Na­tions.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ig­nited an up­roar on the right Fri­day af­ter re­fus­ing to veto Res­o­lu­tion 2234, send­ing U.S.-Is­raeli re­la­tions into a tail­spin and fu­el­ing calls from key Repub­li­cans and con­ser­va­tive lead­ers to strike back by pulling U.S. fund­ing.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan vowed to “re­verse the dam­age done” to the U.S.-Is­rael al­liance, while Repub­li­can Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Carolina have called for strip­ping fund­ing from the U.N. un­til the res­o­lu­tion is re­pealed.

“Twenty-two per­cent of the United Na­tions bud­get comes from the Amer­i­can tax­payer, and I’m go­ing to lead the charge to with­hold fund­ing un­til they re­peal this res­o­lu­tion,” Mr. Gra­ham, South Carolina Repub­li­can, told CNN.

Adding to the furor are top Is­raeli of­fi­cials who say they have “clear” and “iron­clad” ev­i­dence that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion or­ches­trated the res­o­lu­tion be­hind the scenes, which White House of­fi­cials have de­nied.

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