UPDATE: Thanks to readers who’ve pointed out that unless the Palestine resolution gets nine Security Council votes, the General Assembly cannot take up the vote. But Haver’s comment below provides an interesting “end-around” that allows the Palestinians to avert this obstruction and come up with virtually the same result.
An interesting question given our defunding UNESCO for its vote in favor of accepting Palestine as a member. Let’s presume the Security Council does not approve statehood and the issue goes to the General Assembly, and it does. From what I understand of the law under which we defunded UNESCO, we’d also have to defund the entire UN system, or at least the General Assembly. Can anyone imagine a scenario in which this happens? And if it doesn’t happen won’t that make our UNESCO decision appear totally hypocritical and self-serving (or I should say “Israel-serving”)?
It seems to me that if there is a UN vote recognizing Palestine and the law forces us to withdraw funding against our wishes we’ll have only ourselves and our Aipac-dominated legislative system to blame. Imagine the Israel Lobby has such a lock on these matters that a law passed twenty years ago which no one paid any attention to will now tie the administration up in knots. We will truly become the impotent figure on the world stage which we only appear to be now to those watching this farce play itself out. Not to mention the impact it would have on the UN itself, causing virtually all its day to day operations eventually to ground to a halt.
It’s ironic that throughout the Bush era senators like Jesse Helms withheld huge portions of U.S. dues to the UN, which then partially paralyzed the world body. He did this with the tacit connivance of the Bush administration and its neocon hawks who hated the UN anyway. The irony of a future GA vote for Palestine would be that a supposedly liberal Democratic administration would be forced to do what even Jesse Helms never accomplished: the total defunding of the United Nations. And it’ll be Obama’s own damn fault for not fighting the good fight on behalf of a truly balanced foreign policy in which we play an honest broker, rather than Israel’s lawyer.