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February 25, 2017 9:00 pm

Former Israeli Diplomat: UN Can No Longer Remain ‘Hostile, Opaque and Unaccountable’ and Expect to Get a US Paycheck

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Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. Photo: Shahar Azran via Wikimedia Commons.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. Photo: Shahar Azran via Wikimedia Commons.

Unless the UN undertakes a number of key reforms, the US should withhold its funding of the global body, a former Israeli diplomat said on Thursday.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Ron Prosor — who served as the Jewish state’s UN ambassador from 2011 to 2015 – wrote, “A new US administration and new UN secretary-general provide a golden opportunity to help the UN return to its core values, challenge its inefficiency, and halt its frequent attacks on American values and allies. The message should be clear: the UN must reform or the US could cut its funding” — which amounts to 22% of the UN’s operating budget.

Prosor, the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a Hudson Institute distinguished fellow, called for three main changes at the UN — greater transparency, diligence and accountability.

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“The UN can no longer remain hostile, opaque and unaccountable and expect to get a star-spangled paycheck,” Prosor said.

Referring to new American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s statement last week — which has gone viral — in which she called out the Security Council for its double standards when it comes to its treatment of Israel, Prosor wrote, “Churchill defined an appeaser as one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. I hope Ambassador Haley’s words send the message — to Turtle Bay and Capitol Hill — that feeding time is over.”

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  • Mike AU

    Until the UN refrain from their relentless antisemitic
    resolutions against Israel. Then the UN should expect
    Israel’s allies to pass resolutions against them, the (UN).
    No $$$$$ for you ! Until you deal with Israel respectfully
    as a sovereign democratic State, and not as occupiers.
    PS…Churchill was right !

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