Why aid to Israel should be dependent on UN cooperation
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 02:10
When you hear about a country taking more than a year to cooperate with a human rights investigations, totalitarian isolationist regimes committing mass genocide come to mind. Hence my surprise in learning that Israel has resisted the United Nations (UN’s) request to investigate it’s conduct regarding the West Bank for a year and a half. This in itself is unflattering, but the real problem here is rooted in the United States. A look into the structure of the UN as well as Israel's budget will show US involvement on both sides of this conflict.
The United States is the largest contributor to the UN, not only hosting it’s headquarters but paying 22% of UN costs, more than double Japans, it’s next largest contributor. The US is an integral and necessary part of the UN’s operation. This is not meant to imply that the US nefariously controls UN policy, simply that it is in the US’s interest to see the UN get results, as the US is funding it.
The US is also supporting Israel's military to the tune of trillions of dollars every year. According to Congress's budget the US has allocated more than 2 ½ trillion dollars every year in total military aid to Israel. The 2012 estimate for aid is at 3 trillion. If this money was relocated to the deficit every year, it would more then eliminate the deficit.
While Israel is not only an important strategic ally, but also a country which Americans citizens want defended, it is an important national priority which should not be defunded. However, funding a country which is being punished by an international organization which is funded by the same people is just a waste of money. If Israel is using US money in self defense, it should be transparent to the UN. If Israel is using the money offensively, than the US should not be funding them. The US needs to save money and Israel needs to learn to comply with international law. The obvious solution is for Israeli military funding to be dependent upon UN cooperation. Anything else is a counterproductive burden to the American people.