by Amna El Tawil
Speculations are circulating that the United States could leave United Nations, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet. One News Now reports that numerous leaders – from both sides of the party line – are calling for the United States to leave the United Nations (U.N.) and discontinue its funding in reaction to the so-called global peacekeeper’s anti-Israel resolution.
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One major vocal critic of the U.N. in political circles is Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who has gone as far as drafting a bill to end the flow of funds to the global agency until it completely retracts its resolution condemning the Jewish State. Not stopping there, the GOP leader’s proposed legislation also calls for an end of all U.S. funding that works to help any foreign government that recognizes Palestine as an independent state.
“[The resolution is] anti-Semitic [and the Obama administration typically supports] bullies over victims,” Gohmert declared. “[Israel is] the only place Muslims have complete freedom in the Middle East.”
Gohmert’s efforts led to Rep. Mike Rogers proposing the bill entitled American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, which seeks a complete US withdrawal from the UN, that the international body remove its headquarters from New York and that all participation be ceased with the World Health Organization as well.
The bill was quietly introduced on January 3 and was passed on to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. If approved, the bill would take two years to take effect. It would also repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945, signed in the aftermath of WWII.
According to the text of HR 193: “This bill repeals the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other specified related laws.
The bill requires: (1) the President to terminate U.S. membership in the United Nations (U.N.), including any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body; and (2) closure of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
The bill prohibits: (1) the authorization of funds for the U.S. assessed or voluntary contribution to the U.N., (2) the authorization of funds for any U.S. contribution to any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation, (3) the expenditure of funds to support the participation of U.S. Armed Forces as part of any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation, (4) U.S. Armed Forces from serving under U.N. command, and (5) diplomatic immunity for U.N. officers or employees.”
The discussion about the Brexit-style exit, as described by the Express, will be held at an undisclosed date.