Pete King: Don't Fund UN Flotilla Probe

Rep. Pete King (R.-N.Y.) is proposing legislation to withhold U.S. funds for a United Nations investigation into the May 31 flotilla incident where Israeli commandos clashed with a ship trying to break its Gaza blockade.

In a letter to House colleagues obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, King says, “We cannot stand idly by while propaganda and political correctness confuse the basic right of Israel to defend itself.”

King’s bill would also seek to remove the United States from the UN Human Rights Council.

King said the member countries of the council “have continually attacked Israel’s right to defend itself and they have now approved a resolution that condemns Israel for its commandeering of the ships.”

The Human Rights Council set up an independent investigation earlier this month to look into the Israeli flotilla incident. The resolution, introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab Group, passed with 32 countries on the council voting in favor. The United States opposed the resolution.

King isn’t advocating the U.S. pulling out of the UN altogether, just the Human Rights Council. He sees more purpose in the U.S. remaining on the UN Security Council because the U.S. carries a veto power there, whereas on the Human Rights Council, the U.S. doesn’t have that kind of influence.

King’s letter urges members pass a “sense of Congress” resolution saying that the United States “stands with the Israeli government and its people,” “supports Israel’s unconditional right to defend itself,” and “supports Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.”

The cosponsors of the bill include Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.), Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R.-Wash.), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R.-Tex.), Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R.-Kan.), Rep. Trent Franks (R.-Ariz.), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R.-Fla.), Rep. Bob Latta (R.-Ohio), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Ala).

King says they looking for more cosponsors, and House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Mike Pence has also encouraged his peers to look at the legislation. King sent a letter seeking cosponsors to each member of the House of Representatives.

To read the letter, click here.