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The US voted against the United Nations’ $3.2 billion budget for 2021, citing disagreements over the world body’s support of an event the US ambassador said was anti-Israeli and the lack of a mechanism to monitor Iran’s weapon systems, according to a report on Thursday.
“Today this body is poised to adopt a budget that reflects such an accommodation that extends a shameful legacy of hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel bias,” U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft said, according to Fox News.
“The United States rejects this effort and called for this vote to make clear that we stand by our principles, stand up for what is right, and never accept consensus for consensus’ sake.”
Craft said the Trump administration opposed funding for an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of a UN conference in Durban, South Africa, in which the US and Israeli delegations walked out because of anti-Israel discrimination.
A declaration from the 2001 event described Palestinians as being “under foreign occupation.”
“Twenty years on, there remains nothing about the Durban Declaration to celebrate or to endorse,” Craft said. “It is poisoned by anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. It encourages restrictions on the freedom of expression. It exists to divide and discriminate and runs contrary to the laudable goal of combating racism and racial discrimination.”
Israel joined the US in voting against the budget, but it was approved by 167 nations.
Craft also faulted the UN for not supporting the US’ intent to implement the snapback sanctions against Iran that were included in the 2015 nuclear deal.
A number of world powers still signed on to the deal with Iran and said the US had no standing because it wasn’t a participant in the accord, after Trump withdrew from it in May 2018.
The US wanted an investigative mechanism to monitor the reimposition of sanctions, but it was not a part of the budget, Fox News reported.
“As I stated in September when the Trump administration announced the restoration of sanctions on Iran, the U.S. doesn’t need a cheering section to validate its moral compass,” Craft said.
“We don’t find comfort based on the number of nations voting with us, particularly when the majority have found themselves in an uncomfortable position of underwriting terrorism, chaos, and conflict. We refuse to be members of that club,” she said.