Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed Saturday to not allow the U.S. to give money to the United Nations until it reversed its Friday decision forcing an end to Israeli settlements.
“Spoke w/ Israeli PM @netanyahu tonight to wish him Happy Chanukah & assure him of strong support in Congress. No US $ for UN until reversed.”
The U.N. voted 14-0 Friday to stop Israel settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. President Obama authorized the U.S. to abstain from voting on the measure, drawing backlash over the decision to break from the longstanding U.S. policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the resolution “conceived” and an “outrageous attack.” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed anger and frustration with the vote, saying he was looking forward to working with the Trump administration to “negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.”
The announcement came at the start of Hanukkah.
Netanyahu says he will not abide by the UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to the Israeli settlements.