Politics & Policy

Romney: If Palestine Receives U.N. Recognition. U.S. Must ‘Re-Evaluate’ Funding U.N. Programs

Mitt Romney would like to see the U.S. “cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition” if the U.N. opts to grant Palestine statehood.

“What we are watching unfold at the United Nations is an unmitigated diplomatic disaster,” Romney said in a statement released this morning. “It is the culmination of President Obama’s repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. That policy must stop now.  In his speech to the U.N. this week, President Obama must unequivocally reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel and its continued existence as a Jewish state.  And he must make clear that if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in gaining any type of U.N. recognition, the United States will cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition.  Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences.”

Rick Perry will hold a press conference later this morning on the same topic.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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