Rep. Zeldin Leads 23 Member Letter to UN Amb. Haley re $1.3 Billion UN Development Assistance for Palestinians

December 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and one of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress, authored a letter signed by 22 Members of Congress to United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley detailing their deep concerns with “the UN Development Assistance Framework for the State of Palestine.”

“Once again, Israel is being singled out for vilification. This misguided agreement fails to take into account the Palestinians’ continued blatant disregard for international law, rampant human rights violations, and financial support of terrorists who murder innocent Americans and Israelis,” Congressman Zeldin said. “This agreement is a slush fund of taxpayer dollars used to provide politicized tools to target Israel. Israel is a beacon of liberty and freedom in the trenches of an otherwise dark region of our world. We, as a nation, must do everything we can to protect our ally and the Israeli people from these disparaging, divisive, and dangerous assaults that threaten both their national security and our own.“

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process issued a proposal with the Palestinians outlining a strategic assistance framework from 2018-2022 for $1.3 billion. This framework would provide “international accountability mechanisms” to hold Israel accountable for alleged violations of international law and develop programs to advance the prospect of Palestinian statehood. This document fails to mention the list of Palestinian violations under international law, including rampant human rights abuses, inciting violence, financially rewarding terrorism, and squandering aid to the Palestinian Authority. 

A signed PDF of the letter is available here