Sen. Ted Cruz teamed up Thursday with — of all people — Sen. Lindsey Graham to introduce a resolution to defund the United Nations unless it reverses a recently passed measure condemning Israeli settlement activity.
“Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the U.N. comes from the American taxpayer,” Graham noted during a joint interview with his fellow senator that morning on MSNBC. “I don’t think it’s a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Middle East.”
“The only way to get their attention — we can give speeches, we can pass resolutions and the U.N. is going to ignore what we say; but if you cut off their money, that gets their attention,” Cruz added. “And I think we’ve real prospects of seeing this thing move through Congress and actually turning this thing around.”
According to the Washington Examiner, though Graham and Cruz launched the bill together, it was ultimately the brainchild of the Texas senator, who reportedly came up with it shortly after the December vote by the U.N.
The beef that Graham and Cruz — as well as other conservatives — had with the U.N. was that the resolution it passed on Dec. 23 had declared Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and West Bank illegal. The goal was to force the U.N. to reverse this decision by cutting off its funding.