The irony of America cutting UNESCO funds
U.S. delegation at the UNESCO proceedings
October 31st, 2011
02:30 PM ET

The irony of America cutting UNESCO funds

The U.S. didn’t waste any time cutting funding for UNESCO after the United Nations devoted to promoting education, culture and science granted the Palestinians full membership.

Currently the U.S. covers approximately one fifth of the UNESCO costs but by cutting that funding it will be even harder for the American agenda at UNESCO to be accomplished.

That agenda is not just about protecting previous cultural sites, or teaching Afghan women, children and even police officers to read, or about helping to continue the Tsunami early warning system.  It’s also about protecting Israel.

The irony of the decision to cut funding is that UNESCO is one of the few United Nations groups where the U.S. finds a sympathetic ear on issues related to Israel.  UNESCO is actively working with America to promote tolerance and is working to deepen understanding of the Holocaust in countries where people don’t even believe it existed.

Even more important U.S. interests will be at stake if the World Intellectual Property Organization grants Palestinians membership, which as an affiliate of UNESCO they are almost certain to do.  That is where you start directly encountering obvious and significant interests to American business. When an intellectual property dispute involves the Googles or the Apples of the world and China, it is critical for the U.S. to be a member of good standing, which it will not be if Congress cuts funding.

Even more concerning is when the Palestinians make good on their promise to apply for membership to other U.N. bodies, like the International Atomic Energy Organization, which the U.S. views as critical to curbing Iran’s nuclear program.  Or the World Heath Organization, where US money spent goes directly to keeping people alive.

A cut in funding to these UN agencies will mean more than a loss of U.S. influence and prestige.  It has the potential to affect American national security in ways lawmakers may not have envisioned when it passed the legislation as a punitive measure.

Unless Congress grants President Obama waiver authority to continue funding to specific U.N. agencies that grant Palestinian membership, it won’t just be the Palestinians who are punished.

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  1. Jim

    It really gets hilarious -although the subject is very serious- to see our Jewish friends reacting like spoiled children after this. By accepting Palestine as a full UNESCO member, the world has sent a clear message -just look, it was only 14 states opposing them-. Even traditional pro-Israeli countries like the UK and Italy absented. And of course, we -that is the US- are getting increasingly isolated from the rest of the world while our boys are killed overseas for a cause that is alien to the most of us. How farcical.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • Eli

      Then why doesn't the UN send a "clear message" by admitting Tibet? Because it's a lot easier to beat up on Israel than on China.

      October 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Reply
      • Jim

        Am an American taxpayer generously providing 5 billion USD every year, to your state all this in very difficult times. Now if you believe I was offended, then you 've guessed it right. For I was. If you really want to offend us Americans, please be my guest, but you should quit our contribution on your own initiative. Meanwhile Israel is a pariah Apartheid state. I can say that, you can't.

        October 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • MartinSA

      So it's ok to admit a people aligned by a government that admittedly has the objective of genocide? As far as I know HAMAS hasn't changed a thing whereas Israel is constantly trying to adjust to "civilized" standards.

      November 2, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
  2. Wong

    There is no such thing as Palestinian to begin with, they are jordanian trying to annihilate Jews as prescribed by th quran.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Most people would try to annihilate those who stole their properties and killed their kin. Wouldn't you?

      October 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • Eli

        Really? Then I guess you better get ready to be annhilated by the American Indians.

        October 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Daniel

    IMPACT-SE is a research organization that monitors and analyzes schoolbooks and curricula across the Middle East with an eye toward determining their compliance with international standards on peace and tolerance, a goal derived directly from UNESCO declarations and resolutions.

    PA gains Arab backing for UNESCO membership request

    “The monitoring of the Palestinian schoolbooks in use for the school year 2011 shows that the fundamentals against Israel and the Jews are upheld,” the study concluded.

    It said that the fundamentals included negating both Israel and the Jews.

    Israel, for example, is not mentioned among the states of the Levant (which presently consists of the states of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria as well as the Palestinian territories) and Jewish holy places are never mentioned as such. For instance, Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem is presented as the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque.

    According to the study, the Jewish and Hebrew identity of Palestine under the British Mandate is stricken out. One illustration twists a stamp of Palestine under the British Mandate by erasing the Hebrew term ERETZ ISRAEL PALESTINA.

    The study also found that there was continued demonization of both Israel and the Jews in the books. Jews are described, among others, as violating treaties, getting rich unduly, deceitful, murdering children, disemboweling women and invading snakes. They are never presented in neutral or positive terms.

    The study quotes the following examples from the Palestinian schoolbooks: “The Messenger of God [Muhammad] ordered Zayd Ibn Thabit to learn the language of the Jews in order to be safe from their cheating,” History of the Arabs and Muslims, Grade 6, (2009), page 133; “Your enemies killed your children, split open your women’s bellies, held your revered elderly men by the beard, and led them to the death pits,” Reading and Texts, Grade 8, Part 2, [2003] (reprinted 2007), page 16; and “By your life! How come snakes invade us and we [still] observe a protection covenant [dhimma] which respects commitments?” Arabic Language– Linguistic Sciences, Grade 12, (2010), page 61.

    “The Oslo accords and the Declaration of Principles are mentioned and even quoted, but they are not praised and a peacefully negotiated settlement is not advocated or supported,” said the authors of the study.

    “In contrast, there is a lot of praise for jihad and martyrdom to free Palestine without defining clearly the territory to be liberated, hence implying that Israel’s territory is also to be liberated.”

    The study quotes the following paragraph from a Grade 8 book: “Today the Muslim countries need urgently jihad and jihad fighters in order to liberate the robbed lands and to get rid of the robbing Jews from the robbed lands in Palestine and in the Levant.”

    The Holocaust is not mentioned at all, though one ambiguous passage reads as follows: “The Jewish question is first and foremost a European problem.”

    October 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  4. Alison

    I for one am sick and tired of having to turn a blind eye to Israels wrongdoings because if you say anything you are labelled an anti-semite. There is fault on both sides of this conflict but blame seems to be laid at the Palestinians door while Israel try and make out like they are completely innocent victims. Time the US practised what they preach and accept the democratic descision with grace and humility. I think the US will be suprised at how well the rest of the world will get on without them.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • HW

      The world has already tried to get along without them as you say -It didn't work, but you would try again, right? And you are not motivated by hatred, right? LOL

      November 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  5. Craig

    POLL: Should UNESCO have recognized Palestine as a nation?
    http://www.wepolls.com/p/4551256/

    October 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • HW

      It is not up to UNESCO to recognize Palestine as a nation. They don't have that mandate. What good is a misleading poll?

      November 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  6. Andy

    Why all the surprise? America got it's marching orders from Tel Aviv and like a good servant it obeyed, like it has done for decades!!

    October 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  7. Raj

    Reading these comments is like when two men argue with their friends and spouses participating. At first people are supportive but as the night and drinks goes on everyone else loses interest.

    The truth is most of the world doesnt care to comment here. We've put up with 50 years of wasting money on a solution to very minor conflict. I believe about 5000-7000 Israelis have died from non-state terrorism in 90 years and maybe 20,000 Palestinians. This is peanuts. We have ethnic problems in some states of India, Brazil or South Africa that reach these totals many times over. For years we've followed the US lead and supported Israel. Well as a 20 something in Asia – I dont care. Im not anti-Israeli but the holocaust, the plo, the infatad, etc, etc are ancient history. Its time to move on. Im glad the BRICS all voted yes. All me and my friends are done with supporting one side on this conflict. Its boring, its not that big a deal and its not even that deadly. This is the future – as US power declines Israel better try to fix things because most of us dont really care either way.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • Ziagang

      Couldnt agree more, Im Chinese from Singapore and do not know much about this conflict but it seems very small and over reported. Asian, African, and Latin countries should not support no side and accept both peoples as equal countries and let them work it out without any outside support. My father disagrees but younger Chinese dont really understand what they are doing – why arent they just using the cheaper labor in West Bank to make factories to export to Europe. Its like they dont even know how to make their region competitive. Let them go backwards if they want.

      October 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Reply
      • Wong

        Useful idiot! Israel is the last frontier against islam domination.

        October 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Chicagorich

      Well if no one cares, then maybe, both sides should just slug it out until only one is left. If other countries jump in, then let it spread and those countries wipe each other out until only one side, if any, is left. Just because one or more of the parties has nuclear weapons, does not necessarily mean that the World would be left uninhabitable by humans. It is bound to happen sooner or later anyway, right?

      October 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  8. Maxwell

    On a related note, the Palestinians have been lobbing rockets into Israel all week. Seems contrary to the UN Charter and UNESCO, but what do I know?

    October 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      Exactly, people seem to forget this point.

      October 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • redphi

      That's equivalent to a dog whose bark is louder than it's bite, those rocket are out of desperation and they never hit their target. .Palestine is like an animal locked in a very small cage,living in it's own feces,everyday the owner comes in and kicks the living hell out of it,breaking it's ribs,legs,jaw,back...making it hard to breath,speak exist,on top of that the owner crushes the cage smaller everyday too,they can't even turn around anymore,they are obliged to just face in one direction and bark out of self dignity,and then the world just turns a blind eye,because poor isreal are entitled to the land according to a make-believe book that comes from a collection of iraqi and egyptian books.the time for the world to live in ignorance is up, no longer do we dare stand idly by as the our mother earth and ethnic tribes are murdered ,we are ruled by money(power)hungry zionist elite who loves corruption and greed in any country,wake up and smell the rot

      October 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
      • Maxwell

        lol good luck with all that.

        October 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Marco

        I totally agree with you mate, furthermore America is decaying from the inside and the outside....With fat obese people and ignorance (blind eye) to the rest of the world.
        The Israelies are so selfish it is not funny.
        The new world order is emerging and the BRICS will be in charge....time to wake up and smell the rot as you so put it , because no doubt those new countries on the world stage will clean up shop for sure and I agree

        October 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
      • Grabba

        Never hit their targets?

        Tell that to the Isreali guy who got killed by one last week.

        I'll go you one better. Let me rain rockets and mortars on your house for a few years and see how long it takes you to get fed up and come kick my ass

        October 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  9. palimpsestman

    At what cost our continued support of the pariah state of Israel that has become that which it ltself loathes? It cares nothing of our children/soldiers who've bled and died all over the middle east on account of her transgrressions against her neighbors and which our goverenment chooses not to censure in the least. Is Israel the 51st state of our union? Dissent, not jingoism, is the among the highest expression of democratic participation. That's why the most avid flag wavers always sound the most hollow and uninspiring as patriiots. Jingoism is the anguage of dullards and imposters. America stole, lied ,cheated, murdered and everything in between to become the power it is (read Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States"). but.that doesn't mean we have to continue behaving in such a manner or that's all we've ever done (we're a mixed bag no doubt). Cut Israel loose and run the big money interest out of Washington and we'll begin to be a nation of the people, by the people, etc...again.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  10. Well_read

    UNESCO exercised the thoughts and feelings of most countries around the world. It is simply time for Palestine to be its own state. In fact, that time is LONG overdue. Unfortunately, the U.S will be on the wrong side of history on this.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • Chicagorich

      The U.S. is not opposed to a palestinian state. It just wants it to be the end of the conflict there, not a staging point for a greater war. Peace first, then statehood. At any rate they are not sovereign over there own state at present, and should not yet be seated at the U.N. or its subdivisions for that reason alone. If the precedent is for any ethnic or cultural group should get a seat and a vote, then where would it end? Assyrians, Kurds, or American Indians to name just a few would be equally entitled under that presumption.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Reply
      • y22nxdf2

        And who are you to say it should not be so? Worked for a hundred thousand years. Now that we have states instead of tribes, wars and economic debacles are like tsunamis compared to our tribal history. A few million people want to have their own land and call themselves whatever, who are you to deny it?

        October 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  11. Rex

    I stand behind our Government, The USA on this matter.

    1) If you read the charter of the United Nations, it was only supposed to be for countries that supported freedom. The UN offends it's charter everyday.

    2) There is no Islamic Country (not one) that provides complete freedom to Christians and Jews. Even the moderate Islamic countries have laws against proselytizing (Sharing your religion with other people). Meaning in Jordan & Palestine it is illegal to tell Muslims about "The Good News" of Jesus Christ.

    3) There are no pre 1967 borders, that people talk about all of the time. The 1948 & 1949 agreements were between Israel and several other countries. Gaza was Egypt, Palestine was a part of the greater Trans-Jordan. Syria and Lebanon were also in the agreement for lands to the north. Palestine did not want to be ruled by Jordanian Royal Family (who was moved from what is now Saudi Arabia & given Trans-Jordan by Britian to resolve another territory dispute over what is now Saudi). Jordan as we all know pulled back into what is it's borders today, and disolved Trans-Jordan. Jordan has formally renounced all claims to Palestine, with the exception of their holy site (which happens to be on top of the Temple Mount).

    4) Palestinians killed The current King of Jordan's great grandfather on the Temple Mount in protest of being ruled by Jordan.

    5) Israel has been open to peace talks with Palestine, on very basic conditions. Which are a stop to violence, recognition of Israel, & Israel is not giving up east Jerusalem.

    6) Finally lets talk about East Jerusalem. This is the old city of Jerusalem & The Temple Mount, & The Jewish Cemetery of The Mount of Olives. These places were built by the Jews, it's recorded for the whole world in both the Jewish and Christian Bibles. And no one disputes that they (The Jews) built these places, these are the same places (the very same). If an army bombed Washington DC and took the pentagon, and we got it back in a war (would it not rightly belong to us?).

    7) Let's look at the unbelievable financial investment Israel has made in East Jerusalem. They have modernized a walled city, that was thousands of years old. And this is ongoing continuously. There are churches, mosques & temples inside of the walls of the old city. And all operate freely.

    8) Many people say that Israel runs the USA because we stand beside Israel, but look at the facts. The USA is largely Christian, & the bible commands us to be good to Israel. Israel is the only country were Americans are as free as they are at home. Americans can't be arrested for drinking, or kissing in public or for sharing their religion (all of which happen in many of the Islamic countries). And Israel has stood with us, just as we have stood with her. Remember the first gulf war? Because we were committed to liberating Kuwait, Saddam shot scuds at Israel. But Israel stood by the USA, they did not condemn us for freeing an Islamic Country (which caused them an innocent bystander to get bombed).

    9) Read "The Bible", The Past, The Present & The Future is in there. And it's not like nostradomas where you can twist it to mean what is going on Today. The bible is right on, it is God's Word. Whoa be unto the man who stands against God!

    October 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Nai

      If you think that the US stands behind Israel because it is Christian (maybe you should also brush up on why so many European Jews moved from Christian countries to the Middle East in the first place) rather than the power of the Israel Lobby, you're dreaming.

      Your vision of free countries taking part in the UN would also certainly leave China out in the cold, which wouldn't create a geopolitically viable organisation. What the Charter does say is that nations should have respect for equal rights and self-determination of its people. When it comes to the Palestinians living in Israel, I wouldn't exactly call Israel a country that promotes freedom either. The Charter also says "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state" .... just saying.

      And basing legitimacy of statehood on capital investment would mean that the United States should own Afghanistan.

      I had a bit of a laugh at your Israel is the only country where Americans are as free as they are at home. a) Because the ability of American citizens specifically to be free wherever they go is the priority and b) I'm an Australian, so I'm reflecting on how we curtail you're freedom here (we have gun regulations... sorry for transgressing on your freedom).

      October 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • redphi

      you sir....are an idiot,don't worry though,you were bred to be one,you were force fed among other varieties of bullshit....make believe religion so that you would grow up a good little soldier and die for your country believing in crap,the u.n is the u.s's puppet ,i can name 30 other countries in the u.n that is 100times worse than palestine,they are there purely to be used and forced in to voting in favor of other new laws that moves your rotting corpse closer to your local concentration camp

      October 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • y22nxdf2

      Another stupid American Neanderthal Fundamentalist spewing medieval nonsense.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • Eli

        Classy.

        October 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • JesusGirl

      Rex....thanks for the awesome, accurate assessment. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord...AND we will bless Israel !

      October 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • thegodsofoldweremoronssowereourforefathers

        you and t-rex are the same kind of retarded misfits,who justifies genocide of natives all over the world in the name of a fictional dude called" the lord,Enlil,enki,the gods, johavah, or which ever name u want to use,run back to your cave biatch,and pray your silly god doesn't strike u down ,did you miss your rapture or something?why are u still here?

        October 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • astutemind

      You're a LIAR. Where does the Bible Command us to be good to Israel? Is it part of the 10 Commandments? Is it part of the TWO SUPERSEDING commandments that Christ gave when he said love the Lord you God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love all others as you love yourself? Where do you come up with that. That's some arbitrary and invented dictate given by preachers and which the easily misled sheep like yourself morphed into some "command". Christ said love all others as you love yourself. That is hold all to account by the same standards and rules as well as yourself. The Palestinians should be shown the same love that we show Israel and we would have shown to us. Instead the US bombed Serbia for doing the same thing Israel is doing to the Palestinians except that now the US is joining Israel in persecuting the Palestinian. People like you pervert scripture and make up your own commands then lie and say "the Bible commands...(whatever you made up).

      November 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  12. Cassandra Chu

    It's as though the American media and American politicians are forgetting that most ISRAELIS also want a 2 state solution.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  13. rightospeak

    HYPOCRACY-a joke on a world's stage , so we look stupid and Obama, the servant of the 1% that are getting rich on wars , showed what a b.s. man he really is.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  14. Cassandra Chu

    This is proof that the Israelis and the Jewish lobby LITERALLY control Congress and the Senate and the White House... sick

    October 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Maxwell

      This is proof of shallow thinking. I am sorry your education failed you :-/

      October 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
      • Sam 7

        The truth hurts, doesn’t it…

        October 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • HW

      How is this proof? How do you know what the Israeli lobby wants, and how can you be so disrespectful of the members of Congress to think that they all do what they are told by some people who don't even vote in their districts? Why do you hold our republic in such low esteem? How do you know, and on what basis, that this is not a vital interest of the USA?

      October 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  15. Jim in Florida

    You ever notice that when the "Palestinians" celebrate anything it is always with guns, shooting into the air? Yte the same political left that would take your guns here in America are ARDENT supporters of the Palestinians, even thopugh the "leadership" organizations are all gun toting thugs. We should cut all funding to the left wing America hating United Nations, not just UNESCO.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  16. Anon

    How did the land that Israel won after it's wars with Egypt and Jordan all of a sudden become Palestinian land, that's owed to them? Israel doesn't owe the refugees anything. They decided to stay in the wasteland that is Palestine and chose their own fate, established Hamas as leader, continues to attack israel.

    I for one support the US 100% on this, Palestine does not need a state or recognision of any kind. They are murderers and killers. If the palestinian people want peace, eject hamas, abolish violent extremist violence and Israel will be more than happy to give you a piece of land and share Jerusalem. Because I'm sorry but asking for Jeruselam as your capital is insane, it belongs to the hebrew and jewish people. If they want the holy city, Israel get's Mecca. No deal? Didn't think so.

    Also, don't judge me or label me a racist. I've seen the horrors of the middle east & palestine. I've seen Hamas militants hiding behind children and women as they launch rockets, then play off Israels retaliation as if they started it first. Oh and please remember that Arabs sided with Hitler, to this day all extremist groups worship him as much as Muhammed and Osama.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Sam 7

      You are truly a misguided idiot…

      October 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Well_read

      Anon, you're not a racist. You're just extremely misinformed and complete void of facts. That makes you ignorant. And there's nothing wrong with being ignorant if one just don't 't know the truth. My advice to you is start unbiased research. Unfortunately, everything you've written is just completely untrue. FACT.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      If I'm wrong, point to me on a map of the word where Palestine is. Go back 100, hell go back 1000, it still doesn't exist.
      Look up the truth about who they are, who controls them. I'm sorry but Hamas has genocide written all over their charter, genocide against jews, christians, anyone.

      And you want to give these people statehood?

      Just so you know, if they get state hood and become a true Palestinian state, flag waving and all. If they so much as throw a rock into Israel territory, it's war. I hope the fakestenians know what they are doing because I doubt they will stop attacking innocent people.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • Sam 7

        Of course you won’t see Palestine anywhere, especially if I point you to the map of the “WORD”… idiot!

        October 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • gus

      If the Palestinians are murderers,how about the murder of Count Bernadotte and the Stern gang?

      October 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  17. Maxwell

    The premise of this editorial is absurd. UNESCO violated its own by-laws in order to make a political statement in this instance. The US is withholding funds to fulfill its own legal requirements and to show the UN that it has no obligation to support any organization that is politically inclined against US interests or those of its allies. The only irony is that the author believes that bowing to the UNESCO vote (what are we, France?) would somehow bolster the US position that the vote clearly represents a rejection of.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Sam 7

      So the withholding of funds is all about fulfilling legal requirements, huh… I guess it has nothing to do with our Government’s stance on the Palestinian State quandary!!

      October 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
      • HW

        Yours is hardly an answer to the balanced and absolutely accurate statements of Maxwell (with which I agree).

        October 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • y22nxdf2

      Mmhh...would the "fulfilling legal requirements" have anything to do with assassinating American citizens around the world, conducting drone bombings on an allied country that kill civilians mostly, and depose many democratic governments in the last 50 years? Didn´t know America was so constrained by law. Oh, and don´t get me started on torture.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  18. Thomas Covenant

    Let the UN do it's business in another country. The time has come to evict them.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • svscnn

      Better yet, we should withdraw from the U.N., but let them stay in NY. Then charge them rent and make their representatives start paying their traffic fines or face deportation.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra Chu

      Agree... lets give the UN back to Vienna, Austria. At least they are balanced on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • y22nxdf2

      If the UN is like a consortium, and most of the apartment owners are voting against you, it sounds like it is YOU that is being evicted. China can cover for your member fees with its pocket change. Have-beens should go quietly, not make a fuss AS IF THEY STILL MATTERED.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • hanky

      Oh, im sure the UN is already making plans to slip out the back door.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  19. Rob327

    You have over valued the UN

    October 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  20. Michael Schmitt

    It is isnt irony, its hypocrisy on part of Obama

    October 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • HW

      Will you explain?

      October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      Sorry we dont support terrorism.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • DaveSD

      Obama did not cut funding. Congress did. Get your facts straight.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      People need to get their facts straight, Israel is one of the most trusted and longest allies of the US.
      We will never stop supporting the jewish state.
      We will never falter to fight with them against the islamic extremism of jihad.

      I apologize on the behalf of Israel for building more settlements on our 6 mile strip of land, I apologize for attacking back extremists after our civilians and bombed daily, I apologize for blocking their UN membership in favor of direct peace and I trully apologize to innocent people that if Hamas does not stop attacking my people we will bring war to their door step equal to the bloodshed they have done to us over the century. The jewish state has dealt with enough death against them, they will push back soon to defend themselves, lets just hope the media shows palestine for who they trully are.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
      • Well_read

        "trusted" Allie....are you sure about that? Israel has repeated acted in its own self-interest time and time again, even if their actions contradict U.S support and will. They will do it because they know the U.S will continue to turn its other cheek and continue its unwavering support. While I understand and support the need for an Israeli state, the way it is being accomplished is the epitome of hypocrisy.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • Anon

        Like what?
        The Liberty incident was US fault, wikipedia explains it pretty well.
        If you mean that Israel does "shady" things that you don't approve off, name one. Anything and everything they do is to continue for them to survive being surrounded by dogs salivating for their blood.

        I've met many IDF soldiers, I've had good chats with them, in all honesty they dont want to fight palestine. They trully want peace and are scared to get into another WW3 because Palestine refuses peace.
        The jewish nation is the most democratic country in that entire desert, arabs live there too, they enjoy freedom, voting rights, small business, freedom of religion, they can date whoever they want and so on.

        Ever try to get some sleep while hearing mortars going off? Ever try to eat a nice family dinner hoping the area doesn't get another rocket strike?

        I pray for the day Israel sees peace, even if they have to finally force it down the extremists throats.

        October 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  21. chris wakeman

    typical US knee jerk reaction. we wouldn't be in Iraq or Afghanistan if there had been a thoughtful cooling off period. But I guess we have to keep the Haliburton's of the world in business, even at he expense of the overall economy.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • rrut

      Please think before you post. This is not a knee jerk reaction. In fact, this has been the US stance for quite some time. The difference is, they decided to vote with their money as well. I guess China can fund it if they really cared....

      October 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      Iraq and Afganistan were not knee jerk reactions...they were preemptive wars and a change in America's long standing policy. I'm neither Democrat or Republican (I don't let a party tell me what I believe) I am an American. Saying this, I supported the attack of Iraq until I heard that there was no evidence that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. I don't believe in nation building outside the normal process and the support of non-governmental agencies that support our agenda for the betterment of their people.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
      • DaveSD

        Santosiant, rrut is not saying the wars were not a knee jerk reaction. He is saying that the decision to decrease funding for UNESCO is not a knee jerk reaction.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • santosaint

      It was also the opportunity of America to practice and prepare the military. They thought that being in a war would solve the economic problems but what they failed to predict is that most of the equipment was already owned and not much had to be built so not as much equipment as thought was needed. They also did it to try the weapons on the battlefield and to get rid of outdated equipment. All this was not the right reasons to go to war, not on this scale and not putting so many in harms way for an unjust cause. We could have handled the situation much better. Since we didn't have a brilliant military mind as commander in chief, we got what we got. like it or not. What we can learn from this fiasco is to handle situations better in the future.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  22. JDSillig

    UNESCO members should vote immediately to boot the US out of the organization for attempting to use blackmail to change votes within the United Nations democratic body of nations.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • svscnn

      The U.S. should remove ITSELF from these ineffectual world bodies and cut off funding for ALL international aid organizations.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        I agree, the UN has done nothing good in 50 years just taken American money and supported others who are out to kill anyone who does not agree with them. Cut all funding, turn the UN buildings into low rent appartments and everyone willl be happy and the US can keep its money to spend in ways that will help not hurt American and our friends.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • santosaint

      DEMOCRATIC?! hahahahahahahahaha

      My, what a delusion with that world body!

      October 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Maria

      YES!

      October 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • rrut

      um....hello! Welcome to Politics 101!

      October 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      You call it blackmail....others call it persuasion. You may not like it but others use far worse than $$ to do their bidding.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Boot us out because we don't want to pay 1/5 of their costs? So... are there only 5 members? Or do the others somehow get to stay in even though they don't contribute, or only contribute a little?

      I don't agree with our decision, but where is it written that the U.S. must be the one who pays for important stuff all the time?

      October 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
      • Maria

        ....The U.S only contributes 20% of UNESCO's funding and UNESCO has thrived in the past without American $$, particularly under the Reagan administration when he pulled out of it. UNESCO doesn't need the U.S as much as the U.S needs UNESCO to be sympathetic to its ridiculous political agenda, which is only backed by 14 of the 195 member nations. Don't worry, UNESCO will do just fine without American $.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • y22nxdf2

      Second the motion and move. Oh, and fine them for starting genocidal wars without any justification. Should cover for the lost fees.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  23. Jeremy

    Everyone deserves a home and a place in the world to call their own. Palestinians have there's.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • svscnn

      Agreed.

      The Palestinians managed to circumvent U.S wishes and achieve some semblance of legitimacy on the world stage.

      And, the U.S. saves $80M/yr (on UNESCO alone) in a down economy.

      Sounds like a win/win to me.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      Yeah, they do. It's called Jordan.
      Oh wait no, you all dont know do you? Oh boy.
      When the Ottoman empire split, the king declared a land for Israel and Palestine. Jordan was the location for the future palestine, the Jordan king refused to give land to his own arab brothers.

      I say let Israel keep it's 6 mile stretch of land, I'm sure the other 99% of the land belonging to the Arab states would be given to Palestine. Oh wait no no, I'm wrong, they already said they wont do it. Arabs don't even care about themselves.

      October 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  24. svscnn

    Until the U.S. emerges from its current economic woes, we have no business funding ANY international causes.

    World opinion be damned.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      YEA a voice of reason!!

      October 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • inagreement

      Yes, you are absolutely right! Stop the billions of dollars in aid to Israel. It can take care of itself. It is strong enough and powerful enough. It does not need help from a collapsing superpower.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • svscnn

        I agree completely.

        I did write "ANY" international causes.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  25. Bill

    Hold the line on UNESCO not getting the $60 million. Screw the UN. By the way, why is nobody pushing for a state for the Kurds.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      I'm all for it, they did afterall help us with the Taliban! They deserve their own country especially since it seems that they can defend themselves and because the corrupt government of Afganistan will never get off their addiction with the opium poppy to include Karzai.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • brian

      I could not agree more! Whenever there is a problem, regardless of what is it, everyone turns to the US. Please help us.. booo hoo... then when the US asks for something it's what? You have to be joking... die you US scome. SCREW THE UN

      October 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • hanky

        DUDE... The USA took on the role of World Supercop... So if the job is getting too hard, then quit... thats a good idea.

        October 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Edwin

      the reason the Palestinian State is gaining traction is two-fold: 1) there is a lot of money invested in the region, so it matters economically and politically to outside interests; and 2) a lot of groups truly hate Israel and see it as a way to hurt them.

      I'm not saying supporters of a Palestinian State are anti-Israel. But there reason the cause made it this far is because a lot of key players are.

      As far as the Kurds go, no investments, no political gain, and few deep-seated emotions to motivate anyone. With no selfish reasons to push it forward, the world will ignore the Kurds.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        You may not be saying it but everyone knows that those who support this terriorist group that wants a state when they have never had one is totaly in favor of killing all Jews. So you don't have to say it it is well known.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  26. Achtman

    Moronic!

    October 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  27. Peikovianii

    If Monaco was south of Israel, there would be hotels and casinos on the beach. Gaza is a self-governing entity and has opted for one-party rule, a sharia police state, violence against Israel and is under military blockade. That is the culture and it is harshest on its own people than on the Israelis. While claiming to be anti-Zionist, Jihad has done the following:

    2011.10.31 (Kandahar, Afghanistan) – Suicide bombers kill three people outside a humanitarian aid office.
    2011.10.30 (Ashkelon, Israel) – A 56-year-old father of four bleeds to death after Palestinians fire a rocket into an apartment building.
    2011.10.29 (Kabul, Afghanistan) – Women and children are among the dead as suicide bombers target a NATO bus, killing at least seventeen.
    2011.10.29 (Khalis, Iraq) – Jihadis take down a teenage girl riding in a family car.
    2011.10.29 (Deli Abbas, Iraq) – Fundamentalists shoot a liquor store owner to death in his home.
    2011.10.29 (Changa Manga, Pakistan) – Religious extremists are suspected of binding a local official and then burning him alive.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Generalizing all Islamic movements as identical is as ludicrous as equating Catholics and Protestants in Ireland and concluding that all Christians merely wish to kill other Christians.

      Palestine may not be a paradise, but its issues are not tied to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  28. john237

    PALESTINIANS and Arabs are not going to lose anything by cancellation of fund of the USA for the UNESCO but surely America and Obama will lose their face dearly in the world. By taking leadership in the UNESCO Organization providing 22% fund, America was spreading her image as the kinder, gentle, compassionate super power among several million poor human beings but now her image will shine as the most ruthless, war mongering and inhumane super power who is solely controlled by the tiny nation who has been condemned 27 times by the world body and never accepted any U. N. Security Council Resolution for the last 60+ years.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      Oh me oh my. How can you make this claim? Are any of these funds being used in the U.S.? What influence do you think we have actually made after billions and billions of dollars? Hate Americans is still in educational books, people like you still think we are an evil nation but look who has done the most to promote freedom and women's rights around the world...America. This is why we are hated by many while being the number one destination for those seeking freedom and human/civil rights...America. THE ONES THAT LOSE ARE THOSE THAT RECEIVED THE BENEFIT AND THE U.N.

      SERVE EVICTION NOTICE TO THE U.N., let them go elsewhere...stop the free ride, we can use the space for something worthwhile.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • meir

      Why dont you get ur ass out of the US then if you dont like it here and move to palestine u dummmbb ass. US is right, the hell with the Palestinian state

      October 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • memo

      The people who don't see this sad reality are not reading international newspapers because perhaps they don't speak other languages. The U.S is being portrayed as a ruthless, temper-tantrum-throwing child, who can't even practice the democratic B.S that they preach.

      Just because they don't like the outcome of a DEMOCRATIC election, they go ahead and remove funding from an organization in an attempt to extort political decisions. It's quite pathetic, and the international arena is having no problem calling them out on it.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • Well_read

        Memo....you get it. Nice post.

        October 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  29. Naija

    Just goes to show US will defend Israel even to the detriment of it own Interest.Israel is a liability to everything US stands for,and the whole world is seing US double talk.Independent Arbitrator my rear end.
    Won't it be funny if China or Iran picks up the $80M and US will be begging to be let back in.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      I don't recall a time where the U.S. begged for anything. We demanded our nation be free and demanded our civil rights, demands guaranteed by our constitution.

      This is why people hate Americans. Because we don't beg.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • sryup

        Yeah of course, that's exactly why everybody hates you... *facepalm*

        October 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
      • Rob

        Nah, it's not because of supporting dictators, starting wars, dropping nuclear weapons and putting bases in other countries backyards. lo.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • santosaint

      We outwit and at time outwitted but nonetheless when Americans make up their minds to get off their bums, you can be guaranteed it will not be begging that we do. Hasn't anyone learned that of America after 235 years?

      October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Naija

        Sorry I meant bully its way back in

        October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  30. Peikovianii

    The US or any civilized nation can have minimal influence on parts of the world that are cultural madhouses. It's like asking CNN to present free-market property ownership as a non-sacrificial, positive outlook. CNN has heard of the idea, but doesn't really believe in it.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  31. Pali American

    If everyone understood the difference between Zionist and Judaism it will make it very clear to see that Israel is Zionist movement. Not driven by faith or the Torah rather by establishing a state and an army. Jews, Christians and Muslims have co-existed in the land Palestine with no issues, as neighbors with everyone practicing their own religions in the Holly land. All ruined with the Zionist occupation. Read about it and learn. The Jewish people per the Torah are supposed to be living within other cultures and religions. Not by occupying their own state, torturing and killing of Christians and Muslims.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Peikovianii

      Happy times before Israel and WW1: Muslims attacked Jews in Aleppo 1850, 1875 Damascus 1840, 1848, 1890 Beirut 1862, 1874 Dayr al-Qamar 1847 Jaffa 1876 Jerusalem 1847, 1870, 1895 Cairo 1844, 1890, 1901–02 Mansura 1877 Alexandria 1870, 1882, 1901–07 Port Said 1903, 1908 Damanhur 1871, 1873, 1877, 1891 Where are al-Yahūd al-ʿArab? Aden 0, Algeria 0, Bahrain 0, Egypt <100, Iraq <100, Lebanon <50, Libya 0, Morocco 3000, Sudan 0, Syria <100, Tunisia 1000, Yemen <400, after thousands of years either killed or they fled to Israel.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  32. sumedha

    Hey USA
    defund the whole united nations and IMF.
    See what happens

    October 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  33. santosaint

    Poor Bob and all that think like him. That name calling begets name calling. That's like saying someone took my candy now it's just right that I take yours. Is this the reasoning behind your adult mind? This is more like the reasoning of a child. Respect deserves respect. Disrespect deserves respect. This is the difference as to why you are a substandard human. Reasoning skills or lack thereof but this is also hereditary.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  34. sumedha

    hey,
    it is time to show the other countries we are strong and cannot be bully around.
    For some time we are giving into to those a.... holes that they are getting lot of money from.
    Stop those a.... holes not supporting us give any money or support.
    time for us to stand up to those a.....holes.
    Asian american

    October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  35. Gethetruth

    Get some basic facts right first. It was the US that established the UN. American crap does not work any more, you cannot fool all the people all the time. It was the US that installed the dictators in most countries and it was the US that exploited the UN for its own purposes by peddling influence and the US has not paid its membership dues.

    You are all plain stupid white Americans, who don't know history and are a bunch of pseudo patriots. Go watch football and eat like a pig ! The Congress is full of religious bigots and corrupt representatives who are puppets of Wall Street and guess who runs Wall Street ?

    October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      "You are all plain stupid white Americans, who don't know history" - Generalize much? I sense a lot of anger. Many of us white Americans are not stupid, and some of us study history with passion and joy.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
      • Edwin

        Name-calling is all some people can do.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Todd

      Then I guess you are saying you don't want our money either.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • MK54

      Sure, the US has problems to solve, economic injustice and some corruption, but it is still, by far, the greatest nation the world has ever known. Put away your anger, and count your blessings if you are privileged to live here.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • Todd

        Oh I dunno. Amsterdam can be lots of fun, too.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
      • justin

        Rome might have something to say about that.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • hanky

        Canada would disagree, but they are too polite to start a fuss.

        October 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • santosaint

      For someone with your screen name you would think you would actually try to GETHETRUTH....right! When the U.N. was created it was serving a purpose after a second world war...which none of us can imagine the tole on humanity of a world war! To blame the U.S. entirely for its support of certain dictators and particular governments only shows you are out of touch with the human element of such an organization like the U.N.

      To think that these deviants would not hijack the U.N. for their bidding is utterly ludicrous. If you are going to continue to blame the U.S. for everything at least admit to your hate for this country and get the truth out. Only true American's understand the good that this nation conducts in the world.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • santosaint

        By the way....the people in countries run by dictators or governments that oppress their people's God's given freedom choose to support such a government and/or dictator. How long did it finally take for them to realize that they were being oppressed to when they finally took action?! Maybe people are just jeolous that the U.S. has long ago shed our suberviant nature and we as a people chose long ago to free ourselves from non-representative government. We are on the verge again to lead the world in it's fight against coporate and individual greed.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • cyg

        think you've got your head in the sand their lad – US supports dictators left and right until they've served their purpose and then we find a convenient way to blame them for something then get them out of the way. Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were both American Allies – Bin Laden against the Soviets, and Saddam against Iran – until American military advisors felt confident we no longer needed any allies...now they are gone. Your greatest country on Earth is as sleazy as they come.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • AZMateo

      Bet your "African" American and on welfare.....just a hunch

      October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • Texana

      The UN sounds like a good idea, but the reality is quite different. It is a corrupt organization which gives a forum for the vile and evil regimes around the world to spew hatred toward others. Research it and you will be shocked by what you find. The US should withdraw from the UN altogether and stop supporting it. Form a new organization and limit membership to the countries that are not supporting terrorism, not spewing hatred, and those that have something positive to contribute. The UN should be kicked out of the US; let them get their funds from their terrorist allies. Belonging to the UN is a huge mistake, and the US is legitimizing a corrupt organization that should be ignored.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
      • Edwin

        Would the world be better with a U.N.? No place to force an issue to be brought to the whole world? No illusion whatsoever of a world body to oversee, to at least aspire to?

        It may be corrupt, but list one organization of its size that is not. Corruption is endemic in the human condition. I say it is better to have a United Nations and be able to pretend there is some justice in the world than remove it and any semblance of order it creates.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • JoeBelow

      In America, your entitled to your opinion no matter how whacked out it may be. With a rant like that though, you have some obvious problems. Instead of trying to reason with you, may I just suggest increasing your medication dosage because it obviously isn't working.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Juan Jose

      Dear Gethetruth
      I am not an american. But I'll tell you, if I had to choose, I did many times over than living among you and the likes who obviously don't wash your mouth too often. It would be too stinking.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  36. MK54

    Funding to be restored first Wednesday of November, 2012.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  37. Publius

    Let's kiss goodbye American jobs for Israel. Oh, yeah, sure, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets.

    It is truly disgusting to see our nation held hostage by a hostile foreign power and its traitorous lobby.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      What American jobs do you mean? Your comment doesn't make sense.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Todd

      and Israel dosn't kill Americans. Guess what the PLO did....

      October 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • RedMan

        Actually they do..... Remember the USS Cole/ Or are you just going to issue a mulligan for that one? How about the Israelis that have been convicted for spying on the US – mulligans too? With friends like Israel, the US doesn't need enemies...

        But hey, keep watching Fox news, they will give you "Fair & Balanced" news...lol

        October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Art

        Tell that to the poor Amrican on a peaceful mission to bring food to the starving children in Gaza.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Texana

      What an absurd comment! I challenge you to research your facts, the history of Israel, the nature of the collaboration between the US and Israel in science and medicine, and the fact that Israel is the ONLY democracy in the entire Middle East, the only place that Muslims can worship in complete safety and peace without fear from other Islamic groups that don't agree with their particular sect. Israel is an ally of the US.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Reply
      • Fred

        "Democracy"? Try apartheid. There is certainly no reasoning about this issue. Israel is suffering from the abuse cycle. Once (or many times) a victim, it has become a victimizer. It has created ghettos and a race-based identify card system. It has created a gestapo-esque police state for non-Jews and a massive propaganda arm to sell its perspective to the world. The irony escapes those caught up in its grasp.

        All middle eastern religions – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – are based on the history of Abraham and descendants under the direction of a "god" that instructed his "people" to commit human sacrifice (of Isaac) and acts of genocide. Read the Torah or Old Testament as you want to term it and marvel at the brutality of the "jealous" and "angry" god.

        Good luck!

        October 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  38. mike

    Its good the funding was cut. It hasn't been much used for tolerance anyway. They still hate the U.S. anyway.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • jim

      your so right

      October 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  39. Tiger73

    The United States should cut off all funding for UNESCO. The nations that voted for Palestinian membership have demonstrated their anti-Semitism. Hitler would have been very proud of this vote. Remember that the United Nations was founded, in large part, because of the desire to avoid another Holocaust. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel is the only country in that part of the world that provides for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom from fear and freedom of assembly. The Palestinian Authority has declared that they would not permit any Jew to live in their nation if it were to come to fruition.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • James PDX

      I think you may have some facts which are less than factual.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Yeah...we did a good job dismantling the other democracies in the area, didn't we.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Sorry, Tiger, but Israel is NOT the only democracy in the middle east, and they most definitely do not allow complete freedom of religion. Jews enjoy favoritism there, just as Muslims do in other countries in the region.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Todd in DC

        Ok, leaf blower, what other democracies are we talking about here? Iran? Libya? Iraq? Palestine? Jordon? Syria? Lebanon?

        Seriously. What are you talking about?

        October 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • HW

        "just as"? really? is the fate of non-muslims in the PLO-liking countries the same as that of non-jews in Israel? If you believe this, you have too much to learn for you to waste time on writing hateful comments. Go study something.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        Lebanon will do for starters. I think I just get weary of so many constantly justifying Israel. They are just wrong sometimes, about some things, same as the rest of us. Why should they get a pass?

        October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        Bush pushed for Gaza'ns to elect a leader democratically and they overwhelmingly elected Hamas. Democracy in action.

        Be careful what you wish for.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Rob

      B.S

      October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • paz stein

      Israel is the only democracy in the Middel East? Lebanon has been a democracy for decades. And now, with the advent of the Arab Spring and no thanks to America or Israel, many more Arab democracies have or will be formed: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia.... And while these nations continue to evolve into moderate, free-thinking cultures, America will continue it's deepening journey into radicalism: blind, rabid defense of a pariah state.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • Texana

        Lebanon is constantly on the brink of civil war. Get your facts straight.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • HW

        Lebanon a democracy? With Hezbollah in power? With the PM killed? With the Christians persecuted?
        And Lybia is emerging "no thanks to America". Have you been alive these last 20 years?

        October 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Edwin

        I do not think the Arab Spring will be as democratic as you seem to think - extremists and corporations tend to corrupt the best intentions of a population fairly often.

        Maybe in the short term there will be democracy, but the economies of the region are still abysmal, so moderates will be ousted before they have any chance to make any lasting impact.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Mark Levy

      GREAT VOTE Today! FINALLY! i am a moderate Jew for peace, the US is making a HUGE mistake if they cut off the funds, they isolate themselves completely just for Obama to please the American Jews in the US and get their vote....Obama is already campaigning and his government is fighting a decision that I'm sure Obama agrees with But he needs the Jewish vote for the 2012 elections. very sad to see that the US is isolating itself internationally just to please the Jewish vote in the US. Israel is becoming a HUGE burden for the USA, it is time the US adjusts its attitude towards Israel; we all know that Israel is committing illegal occupation in Palestine and human rights abuses there as well.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  40. Gerry

    It is amazing that once again American policy is dictated by Israel. Is this in the best interest of the US? Of course not. It demonstrates once again that we cannot be considered an honest broker.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • James PDX

      The Bible states that the Jews are the favored people of God. So all good Christians and derivatives should be looking out for the chosen ones to gain favor with God. They can't help it. Religion stinks. For once, abstinence does seem the best policy.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • hawaiiduude

        They were chosen to usher in the Christ. They did so. Then they killed Him. But He came back to life. Those who rejected him and still do will usher in the anti-christ. He will be a jew and will control jerusalem. He will have been thought dead but came back to life. Christians and jews alike will be in awe of him and some will worship him. We will not be able to buy or sell without his mark.

        Look at your foods in the cupboard, saran wrap, aluminum foil, bottled water, spices, etc. See the circle with a u in it? Research it. You are paying for kosher markings on just about everything and I can't buy food without that mark. If I were a store I could not sell food without that mark. Religious symbols on my food? Foil? Dish soap?

        October 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • astutemind

        Unless you are being sarcastic your post James PDXis demonstrable foolishness. To gain favor with God you must OBEY his LAWS and COMMANDMENTS and there is NO COMMANDMENT that says look out for the "favored ones". That's just some arbitrary BS adopted by misled Christians. Christ gave 2 commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, might, and soul, and love your fellow man as you love yourself. If you were to pay specific attention to the 2nd commandment you would see it means love ALL EQUALLY including yourself i.e. NO FAVORITISM is to be shown to any one party and you must hold all to account under the same standard as you would hold yourself. Therein lies the foolishness of a lot of misled evangelicals. Rather than show commitment to God's commandments they show more commitment to Israel. They love Israel more than you love God Himself. They start conjuring up and inventing your own commandments to follow whilst living in standing violation of the ones given by Christ Himself. That's the reason why this country is going down the tubes and why we are having so many problems.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Shaz

      Gerry it shows how disconnected the everyday American ,who by all accounts is a hardworking person with ambition drive and a desire to better himself is from the politcal system that they vote for ,they vote and the statis qukcontinues

      October 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      James PDX, the Christian bible states that the rapture, or armageddon, or the apocolypse, or the second coming of Christ, or whatever each sect wants to call it, will not happen unless god's "chosen," meaning the Jews, hold sway in the Holy Land. It's called Zionism. It's why conservatives in our country, meaning Republicans as ruled by the Christian right, are so pro-Israel beyond all reason.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • santosaint

        We couldn't possibly be pro-Israel because the race was almost completely exterminated? For you to say it's totally Religious is disrespectful to intelligent, compassionate human beings with a conscious.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        Where did I state that it was "totally religious"? I said that Zionism was the primary motivation behind the Christian right's support of Israel. I'm not anti-Israel, just don't like folks who make decisions like this without thought of consequences.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Pali American

      If everyone understood the difference between Zionist and Judaism it will make it very clear to see that Israel is a Zionist movement. Not driven by faith or the Torah rather by establishing a state and an army. Jews, Christians and Muslims have co-existed in the land of Palestine with no issues, as neighbors with everyone practicing their own religions in the Holly land. All ruined with the Zionist occupation. Read about it and learn. The Jewish people per the Torah are supposed to be living within other cultures and religions. Not by occupying their own state, torturing and killing of Christians and Muslims. start by learning how all of this started 60 years ago and how soon it will all calaps on them. No Zionist movment have lasted longer then 80 years through history. The end is near.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  41. Jon

    So... can anyone explain to me what UNESCO is doing weighing in on this to begin with?

    October 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  42. James PDX

    I'm no expert on UN bylaws, but once a nation is accepted as a member, can they then refuse to accept another member as a real country? And can they attack them without the UN approving it? Does the UN, when accepting a new member, determine what borders they accept as part of that nation? Does the UN already accept defined Israel borders? It seems like letting Palestine in might tie their hands more than anything else.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      I was thinking the same thing. What better way to keep an eye on the extremist Palestinians that to let them join "the club"? Seems like they will have more accountability that way, doesn't it?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  43. Martha

    The US should not send the UN one more dollar until the UN books are audited by an independent auditor applying US audit standards.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Right, because U.S. audit standards have done wonders within our own financial system.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • santosaint

        Both of you have a point. But the corruption in the U.N. IS a mismanagement of U.S. funds by the U.S.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Khara Phaise

      You are a genius. NOT!!! How you got to be so analytical and so quick to decide. Ignorant!!!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Brett

      The US shouldn't be sending money to anyone or any group until their own books are audited by an actual standard.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • CR from CA

      You mean the US auditing standards that Enron used. Give me a break.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  44. Albert

    If the U.S. wasn't seen as weak, UNESCO would never had voted to cut off 1/5 of their funding. They obviously believe that the U.S. will capitulate and find some back door to transfer the funds. Once they do, it will be obvious that the U.S. is a toothless tiger and this will set the precedent for other organizations to follow.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Backwards, Albert. UNESCO didn't vote to cut off funding. They voted to allow Palestinians to participate, and our majority Republican congress doesn't like that so they voted to cut off funding UNESCO, which amounts to about 1/5th of UNESCOs total budget. Reading comprehension skills are beyond price. Brush up on yours and try again.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • no

        The law that cuts off funding is from 1990 retard.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • JoeBelow

        Not just that the law was put in place many many years ago but also, since when do Republicans hold a majority in Congress? House of Reps maybe but not the Senate and therefor not Congress!! It's misinformed and/or biased people such as yourself and you having the right to vote that scares me for the future of our country.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        Name-calling. What are you, 12?

        I stick to my original statement, that UNESCO is not cutting off funding, WE ARE. Yes, it results from a law that states that funds must be denied to any organization granting the Palestine Liberation Organization "the same standing as member states." But since the PLO has gone through a few metamorphoses since then (1990? if you say so), the Republican majority in congress is simply using an outdated law in order to behave like a spoiled bully who has become far to accustomed to getting his way.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        @JoeBelow, yes I vote, but I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and I don't vote anyone's "party line." I think for myself, and I read a lot. That's a lot more than most do.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  45. Moe

    To all the people here saying the US should leave the UN. Please, please, oh please do. The world would be a much better place without the US veto popping up every time the rest of the world agrees on something. The world would get by so much better. Goodbye US!

    October 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Martha

      Yeah, Moe, once the US leaves the UN the UN can take its sorry arse out of the US... good riddance to a useless organization.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • sebek

        UN leaves US, and then US leaves rest of the world.... not a bad bargain.......

        October 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Chris in ME

      Good answer – There are two countries that seem to hold most veto power – the US and Russia. Great bed fellows.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • James PDX

      Shove it, bigot. What needs to happen is the removal of the veto. Everyone has a number of votes based on a formula using population and GDP. More than the US has used their veto power for political reasons. Russia has been quite good at it throughout history.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Dear Moe,

      I would be more spiteful, cutting off all funding but retaining the seat on the Security Council just to keep exercising that veto and to make you happy Moe.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  46. Joshua

    This isn't going to affect America in really anyway. The UN is a joke on wheels rolling down a hill. America is wasting its time with this.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  47. oldstyle

    Get the UN out of the US and the US out of the UN.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • qwedie

      Yes!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • sebek

      Yup, get US out of UN... bring our troops home!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  48. Bonez

    I'm not throwing a personal attack at you Shaz. Some of your posts are just outrageous.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Shaz

      Argue the facts they're there in front of you and what its not true Americas political class are throwing their toys out of the stroller Luke a baby ,man I ain't even religiys but I like the truth ,that seems to have become a dirty word in American political circles that's the shame of it ,Arabs ain't no better bur at least they're dint always claim the moral high ground like the us political elite and yes maybe a couple if things I said wer off point I apologise its true nearly all Americans I have ever met are the most pleasant people ever

      October 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  49. Bill

    A constant complain about the United Nations when they don't agree with us and we constantly go there for support from the international community when it serves our purpose. Lets face it, the world is changing and we are stuck with old thinking. Give it time and we will find an excuse why we should fund the organisation. Our government wants to show support for Israel in every occasion, in reality we are isolating Israel from the world.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • qwedie

      I don't think the UN has done anything for the US, even if we ask for it. The Veto is our only tool there and we use it to stop rouge countries and murdering want to be's in check.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  50. Moe

    Americans need to give up and let Israel fight their own fights. It's not like one person decided this, the whole world decided this and the US is just one of a handful of lone losers who think it is wrong.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      The whole world hasn't decided anything Moe except in your pointed head.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  51. Bon

    How can a non-existant country be made a member of the UN? The areas that the Palestinians claim is theirs is in fact part of Israel(an actuall country) and before 1967 was a part of Jordan and Syria( both actuall countries). Also while this land was a part of Jordan and Syria there was never any claim by any Palestinians that they wanted it for a homeland it is only since 1967 that they are embarassed that they lost so many wars to the Israelis that they want to change history by claiming that these lands are in fact theirs.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Moe

      Wait before 1967 it was part of Jordan and Syria? That's odd, when I read the document that gave Israel it's legitimacy I can clearly see the name across the top, it says 'British Mandate of Palestine'.

      Israel on the other hand is an illegal terrorist state. They have illegal nuclear weapons. Israelis have even gone as far as to threaten the entire world with destruction (the Samson Option). They condone and push the murder of unborn fetuses. For Israeli soldiers killing a pregnant woman and her unborn baby is a joke. These are the people you're standing up for? Shame on you.

      When I look at the maps I have that are pre-1948 I see Palestine. When I look at the posters that Jewish travel agencies put out to push people into Palestine they don't say Israel on them, they say Palestine.

      My great great grandfather was Palestinian. How many Israeli great great grandfathers are there? Stop trying to manipulate history.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • Shaz

        Yes moe u tell them man but try to make a rational argument ,remember history doesn't lie and can't be changed no matter how much some wish it could

        October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
      • Bill

        Well this one clearly shows Moe's historical STUPIDITY! Palestine is a placename, its been around for at least 2.5 millenia. It derives from the name Phillistine and the Phillistines were not the same people as modern Palestinians. In fact this name predate Islam and the influx of arabs into the area. The Phillistines were sea people who came from elsewhere and may have been the famed Phoenicians. Before the state of Israel was created/created itself, the land did in fact belong to the Jordan and Syria. You may call yourself a Palestinian but your people lived in Jordan most likely. I also dont think resorting to your great grandfather and his calling himself Pallestinian counts for much, there were people who called themselves Israelites and who lived in that land before the word Pallestinian came to mean anything close to your great grandfather. Moreover history says the jews lived there were pushed out, returned and were dispersed again only to return in modern times. If you want people rooted in the land, I think you hand that one to the Israelis.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
      • gaines

        yes moe it was ruled by the British government and it was a UN charter that created the existence of Israeli, therefor i feel it's only fitting that the UN also recognize the Palestinians at a much higher level than the rest of the west to encourage more human rights there. i think through this action both sides will be forced to find a way to coexist peacefully. this process has to begin sometime anyway, what better time than now while there is still a shot at saving the middle east. we all are seeing the rate of change there, so lets instill some hope now !!!. (not all american are short sighted and greedy).

        October 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • HW

        How was your grandfather a Palestinian? There was never a Palestine. Maybe he was a citizen of Turkey, but never of Palestine. A "mandate" is an illegal seizure of land by a war power – is that what you're so proud of? As for great great great great great grandfathers, mine were all from Israel – can you prove that for yours?

        October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Chris in ME

      Right you are. Lets just keep pretending that little pretend-fact and see how things go. Its worked wonders for at least 40 years now, right? So – head, sand, plffp!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Donal

      If the areas of the West Bank and Gaza are part of Israel then the Palestinians are living as second class citizens who do not receive the same rights as Israelis, freedom of movement, freedom to vote, and it makes Israel an Apartheid state. If it is one state then it should be a secular state where everyone is equal.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  52. Dean

    UNESCO and the UN are irrevelanat.
    We should withdraw from them, remove them from the U.S. and let them move their headquarters to Kinshasa.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  53. Aakash

    Really what a shame... U.S. cutting funding to UNESCO an organization that promotes science, education and research just because they granted Palestine full membership...really what a shame. I could understand if the reason was "Yeah! We don't have money!" I can understand that, we are borrowing more than ever. I am so tired of these pro-Israel policies. US has created a Frankenstein in Israel that will come to haunt US sooner or later. Oh! by the way US is still happy to fund Pakistan billions every year...NICE.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • jon

      Aakash – you are so right! If anyone ever even speaks against Israel on the various radio talk shows, they are FIRED. So much for free speech – at least when it comes to Israel. The Jews run much of our radio, TV and other entertainment industry. So be VERY careful what you even say about our support for Israel. This story is just one more example of this.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      We agree on one thing– Pakistan...a basket case of nation, duplicitous in the utmost. If I were in charge that would be the first savings I would make, cut all money to Pakistan. As for the rest, this is more of the usual politics at the UN, I would expect nothing less. The fact is the UN had no business even entertaining the thought of recognizing Palestine when Palestine has a much better way of achieving its ends–recognize Israel's right to exist, stop lobbing rockets over the border and sitting down in earnest wtih Israel to negotiate a peace. If they wanted a nation they could have had it by now. Now I will say the Bebe Netanyahu needs to do the same thing, allow supplies across the borders, stop the settlements, regularize the borders and recognize the right of Palestine to exist. Since neither party seems willing, the UN should have stayed out of the picture–its done nothing to improve this situation in 50 years, its too late to get into the mix now.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  54. Shaz

    And bonez grow up you're dribbling you child ,stop crying and answer with facts ,or is it easier to scream fire ,cos your posts so far amount to the same level as my four year old daughter lol

    October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  55. NeoCeon

    The U.S. should abandon the U.N., stop all support of the organization and withdraw it's membership.
    Then the U.S. should start up a new global organization of DEMOCRACIES, where only well established democracies with respect for all fundamental human rights are allowed to be members.
    The U.N. is giving additional powers to dictatorships, by allowing non-democratic nations to be members and to vote. And by doing that the U.N. is working against democracy in the world.
    Regimes and dictators who have not been elected by their people in free and fair elections, should not have ANY right to represent their people/nation at the United Nations or anywhere else.

    * NeoCeon *

    October 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • WordsoftheWorld

      That's interesting because 60% of dictators are put into power by the U.S. including Former Egyptian leader Husni Mubarak. America does not have a well established democracy, and how are democracies to exist if certain peoples (palestinians) are denied basic human rights. America's disaproval is clear evidence that it does not support basic rights for all people. America solely makes decisions based on what favors themselves and Israel. America is not "god." There is a reason why a majority of the world supports the Palestinians. Palestine has tried to negotiate, but as long as Israeli settlement continue, the People have the right to end negotiations. I don't know about Your views, but i believe the native americans had a right to fight against the colonists. The colonists in the palestinian case is the Israelis. As long as they keep expanding illegally, then the palestinians are in the right in applying for U.N. Membership. America is the disgrace here, not the U.N.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • mike

      But we're a democratic republic.

      You now realize democracy only works in small-scale, microscopic settings. Just like "communism."

      October 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Gethetruth

      It was the US that installed the dictators in most countries and it was the US that exploited the UN for its own purposes by peddling influence and the US has not paid its membership dues. It was the US that established the UN. American crap does not work any more, you cannot fool all the people all the time.

      You are all plain stupid white Americans, who don't know history and are a bunch of pseudo patriots. Go watch football and eat like a pig ! The Congress is full of religious bigots and corrupt representatives who are puppets of Wall Street and guess who runs Wall Street ?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  56. Shaz

    Bonez see how twisted you are ,because someone has an opinion different to yours they must be a bad person ,get your head out of your ass mate I live in England am English and actually proud of it ,I hold no I'll feeling I'm just shoeing u the facts ,truth hurts does it muppet

    October 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      If the lies spewing from your comments are any indicator of a person's morality, then sir, you are not a person of good moral character. NO MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY YOU ARE.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
      • Shaz

        Santosaint ,you sound like a typical uninformed yank ,you have to travel the world to know about it and the the world doesn't end in America ,new country no history to busy trying to create it's own imprint on it ,go check your facts israel is in violation of more un violations than any other country ,but international law only applies when it suits America ,and when it doesn't that's too bad for whoever it affects ,besides they're gonna need the money ,how much is the national debt 15 trillion lol your credit will be junk soon along with all the other overspenders Luke Zimbabwe and Pakistan lil

        October 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Slambam

      I find it ironic that you're making this statement now when you called Dave an idiot a few minutes ago for posting his opinion.

      Also, you guys invented the language, maybe it's time you should learn it.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • jb

      It is nice to be so pround of being English, now can you learn the language?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  57. KU

    All, please forgive the previous posts submitted under my name. My 8 year old child thought it would be funny to act grown up and post some comments. I promise to be a better parent in the future.

    Also, GO TEAM ISRAEL!

    October 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  58. Charles

    Agreed. Quit the UN.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  59. Shaz

    All I can see is terrorist this terrorist that ,what I can see is Americans in America are either stupid or just can't grasp reality ,here's a few facts for Israel is in violation of more un resolutions than any other country go check,America is now owned by countries that tradionally they looked down at as Inferior ,you should see who holds the majority of your governments debts ,the next move for the us is to refuse to honour it's debt obligations and show it's true face as a duplicitous monster that it has become, sure the founding fathers never ever envisaged this as the land of the free and the home of the brave ,such a shame that greedy politicians over 40 years have allowed a great nation renowned for it's wisdom and judgement to become this mess

    October 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • AR

      yawn... and does this speak to the UN's bias against Israel? Or do you really believe that Israel committed more human right violations than the Khymer Rouge in the 1970's, and the Janjaweed over the past ten years? get a grip, liberal...

      October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      Your views haven't changed about America! You never thought it was good and great...this is apparant in your ramblings and ideological vomit.

      In response to your made up facts....America's biggest debt holder are the American people. You should stop geting your sound bites of sites that only tell half truths and out right lies....research the topic and then debate. YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG ABOUT WHO IS AMERICA'S BIGGEST DEBTOR.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  60. Jack

    and CNN is not pro Arab .... not at all .... very very funny ...... i am reading reports from this biased news network which makes me wonder who pays their salaries ? UN has become a ridicules condemning Israel over and over and over again when Israel protects itself against some of the worst terror that exists in the world today .... thank god Israel has the US otherwise a second holocaust was soon to re-appear Hamdinajad as the furrer ...... wake up !!!!!!! The so called Palestinian state is a terror organization that tries to bully its way into the the throat of Israel!!!!! this shall not happen !

    October 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • rh

      As usual, someone backing Israel thinks that ANY discourse of ANY subject regarding Israel should be "pure and simple take the Israeli side for anyone with common sense".

      Tell me, if you didn't have religious reasons to back Israel, and let's say another country acted so unilaterally, would you feel the same way?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  61. MightyMoo

    "The irony of the decision to cut funding is that UNESCO is one of the few United Nations groups where the U.S. finds a sympathetic ear on issues related to Israel. "

    America is a country that will go down in history for shooting itself in the foot repeatedly.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • rh

      Irony is not the word.

      Embarrassment is, on the part of myself and the majority of American citizens.

      Too many Evangelicals who insist that "God says Israel is always right" and forget that our current country of Israel is run by HUMANS who are FALLIBLE are running the US government.

      Too bad that atheism isn't a requirement for politicians in the US to ensure separation of Church and State. Religious reasons are the ONLY reasons people support Israel without a care for what they do and who they do it to.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • Shaz

        Rh finally a man of intelligence I salute you for seeing thru the bullshit and seeing what's what good on you mqn

        October 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • no

        that's just false. Israel is the only ally that the US has in the middle east. Israel is the only democracy in the middle east. no other middle eastern country gives their citizens as many basic human rights as Israel does.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • George

        Do you really think atheists aren't religious?

        October 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Oh Really...

      Give me some examples...

      October 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  62. Bonez

    All I have to say is that I hope that Shaz is on the FBI's watch list.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Shaz

      Bonez I can't see a reply from you ,what ct got your Tongue you moron ,I wanna hear an articulate response and in case u don't understand get a dictionary in englis

      October 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  63. Jose Villela

    What a SHAME.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  64. santosaint

    It's about time we stop funding the corrupt United Nations. The Dictators and countries run by evil men, only use the U.N. as a sound off much like this comment board. They don't accomplish anything but propoganda they can air on state run television. We should cut off funding to the U.N. and create another international body to take it's place. It has become a scam organization full of corruption and mis-management of our hard earned money anyway. It's an organization that has outlived its usefulness. When a dictator run nation can sit as president of the human rights arm of the U.N., something is seriously wrong with such an organization!

    October 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Please include facts with your rant. What dictator was head of the UN's human rights arm?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • santosaint

        It's not a rant....your accusing me of what you do. Although you're not required to submit FACTS to back your ramblings...I will satisfy your request....

        Since I don't have exact information on when I read or researched something I used what you could easily do and that's google a topic. Since I reluctantly did your research for you, LEAF ON THE WIND, I will not do it again...I will challenge you to go verify information on your own...stop being lazy.

        It was a member of the Human Rights Council until MARCH 2011. To you, this fact is still rant? You dismiss people as if their facts aren't credible only to deter from debating an issue on the REAL facts.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • santosaint

        Sorry left out that dictator run country – Libya was president of the u.n. security council from 2008-2009.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        Santosaint, sorry. I didn't mean to put such an angry bee in your bonnet. We all rant, why take such offense at the word? I just wanted to know who you meant, and it would be difficult to google since I didn't know which organization your meant, specifically.

        So, okay, when your original comment stated "human rights arm" you meant the UN Security Council? In your view, the UN Security Council concerns itself with human rights? Is that actually what they do? I thought they presided over territorrial disputes and other issues involving armed conflict.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  65. Shaz

    Dave you have the iq of a gnat ,or maybe you're from backwater America where years of isolation and a lack of interaction with any other humans apart from retards like yourself has helped you form your opinions ,go get an education oops I forget Americas broke they cutting back lol

    October 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      No need for name calling because someone has an opposing opinion. This only shows that someone is unable to clearly articulate their point and charaterizes the person doing the name calling as someone of low moral and educational standards.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • bob

        There's plenty of reason for name calling. The Repukes have done it for 30 years, and it's time we started fighting fire with fire, jackass.

        You are an idiot, and your parents were idiots too.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  66. Tim

    I am Americuhhhh... F*ck yeah!

    October 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  67. MYOB MYOB

    I am so sick and tired of \"pro Israel this, pro Israel that\" – if Arabs want to join some irrelevant UN agency who are we to stop them? It is all about \"poor widdle Israel\", good riddance.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • mamivaqui

      the Un is not irrelevant, it is the US that is more and more irrelevant in the world, totally decadent, a coun try of the 20th century, we never made it to this century

      October 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • AR

      I would agree if I weren't paying for it. But I am, to the tune of 45% taxes and a 15% hidden inflation tax. Why don't we cut funding for ALL UN operations, instead of just the ones that openly embrace terrorist organizations. Wait. We aren't even doing that. Oh well...

      October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  68. humtake

    It doesn't matter what anyone decides to do, there will always be people who think it is the catalyst that will end our world.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  69. Shaz

    Listen to yourselves your like a bunch of crying babies ,the un was all good when you bombing the crap out of Vietnam ,Iraq twice ,Afghanistan ,Somalia and anywhere else your strong-arm tactics were working now you don't get your way and crying like a bunch of babies ,scream on the USA has had it's day the next century belongs to Asia ,at least they ain't broke and begging ,Americans like to make the riles them change them as soon as other people learn to use them

    October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Ipploit

      This particular rule has been on our books since 1990

      October 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • santosaint

      I'll give you this one, going to the U.N. to try to explain our position and our case has fallen on deaf ears. We should have never gone to the U.N. when our own agenda supersedes other countries. Do you really think any of the countries you mention really care what America's interests are? The countries you mention are all self-wallowing in sub-human living conditions where they abuse their women populationa and desire their population be left wallowing in the muck of despair and illiteracy. America is the only country that promotes Liberty, human rights and dignity at the scale it does. You hate on a country that looks at the person/individual NOT the state!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      The roughly two and a half billion Asians living in poverty and in regimes where human rights are mocked would disagree with your statement.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Shaz, you could almost have a valid comment if it weren't so illiterate and angry. Slow down, take a deep breath or two, and try again. It is very difficult to understand an angry rant when it is so poorly written. Maybe you could get someone to proof-read it for you before you post.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  70. Bonez

    America is still the number one country in the world, hands down. Good for the U.S. to finally stop contributing to this useless organization.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Carolinaviking

      Um...number one? At what, exactly? Where are these hallowed rankings? Who is number two? And number three? And what are the criteria.

      (you are an idi0t)

      October 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • mamivaqui

      lol, number one at what? you are in the wrong century, man...we were good in the 2oth century, we are now a banana republic, identical to lati american countries, downhill big time, and there is no U turn in sight

      October 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      The UN is far from useless, and decisions such as this one, to cut funding to an arm of the UN that has done so much good in the world for so many, is causing the U.S. to been seen as the school bully, bagging up his marbles and going home in a huff when he doesn't get his way. It's childish and simplistic to believe that "our way" is the best for everyone in the world. We should grow up, grow a pair, and realize that we are not the center of the universe.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  71. FauxNews

    Love that picture of every US delegate texting. They are probably asking eat other what's the protocol for going to the bathroom.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  72. Thinker

    What kind of an example are we setting (wait I take that back no one looks up to us anymore). This is such a childish thing to do.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Ipploit

      It is called obeying the law instead of following meaningless symbolism.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • remata'klan

        Yes, Ipploit, what law indeed? The Senate appropriations committee only clung to that "law" as a crutch to justifiy thier action. Sack up and just say you don't want a Palestinian state. Funny how we hold others accountable to other laws like the Geneva Convention while we routinely find ways to circumvent it. I might add that the law they cited refers to the Palestinian Liberation Organization. They are now the Palestinian Authority, while it is a recognized NGO and an iteration of the PLO, their politics have changed significantly since that law was put on the books. I'm not in favor of a Palestinian state right at this very second because I have some understanding of how the world works and what will enevitable happen to the Palestinian people swiftly after it would become a state, but ultimately, it's a viable solution and the US has stated that repeatedly. All we are doing right now is proving how childish we, as a nation, are.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Ipploit, obeying what law? Were we breaking a law by funding UNESCO? Please elaborate, if you can.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  73. Dave

    Stupid article. The US can utilize funds directly to support what it really cares about. The Palestinians refuse to give up their goal of destroying Israel and using terrorism and violence to accomplish that goal. They teach hatred to their children and incite them to commit murder against Israeli civilians. That is sanctioned in their official textbooks too. UNESCO...EDUCATION???? Admitting the Palestinians to UNESCO makes a mockery of UNESCO itself. Besides, the UN makes itself useless in the peace process if it circumvents the peace process. The Palestinians want a state without making peace so they can keep trying to destroy Israel. Is that the UN goal? If so, then follow UNESCO's lead. If the UN actually wants to promote peace, liberty and create a Palestinian state, then do NOT follow the lead of UNESCO.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • KU

      You're an idiot Dave!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • KU

        It's like saying US is evil since a section of the population are white supremacists and condone killing non-whites. You don't make any sense.

        October 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Dave -means...Je.....wish

      BTY...your entire argument is based on the assumption that if Palestine is able to become an independant state, then they will distroy Isreal. This false argument is what the chicken shi....t jewish state is afraid of.....if we take our feet off of thier necks, then they will chop off ours.....as they should bty. That said, the reality is when Palestine is free from your feet, they will care less about your crimes and more about their future....

      October 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
      • Chris in ME

        I've used that analogy for years.. Isreal has its foot on the neck of the Palestinians. The Palestinians flail around wildly and hit the Isreali leg while under said foot... and so Isreal (and the US) scream "THEY HIT ME! DID YOU SEE THAT??? THEY HIT ME!!!" So, in retaliation they stomp the crap out of the Palestinian's face... and the cycle continues... (I don't agree with some of your stuff though).

        October 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • Rick

        If that's the case they should have NO problem with refuting terrorism and the destruction of their neighbor don't you think?

        October 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • raddchad

      Actually, in most cases in your comment, switch Palestinian" with "Isreal", and that is the actual truth. You are a victim of US media bias. Research outside of US (and mainly Israel) propoganda, and you will see who is really the aggressor in this land dispute.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • The POPE

      You are not worth the answer , what a silly person you are , do you think if you repeat this comment everywhere people will believe you ? i see this comment everywhere when it is something to do with Palestinian rights !

      October 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Araboo

      When you think the the peace shall be achieved with ISRAEL?!! 2500!!! or be 3000!! and do you think ARAB should gave up for that?!! Arab already did their share in PEACE but your friends in ISRAEL refused it by all means.... in ISRAEL they just need every thing ...lands, peace, get ride of the people, US support, and the UN support....mathmatically this can not be happened ...

      October 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        By "Arab already did their share in PEACE" do you mean shooting rockets at the general population of a neighboring country? In any other country that would be met by a declaration of war. In the face of that Israel has been relatively controlled I'd say. The whole solution to this is quite easy. Palestinians and Arabs, agree to let Israel live in peace. Israel, stop building settlements on disputed territory and share Jerusalem with the Palestinians. Everyone needs to grow up and since the Palestinians have a a lot more to gain they should probably be the ones acting like adults first.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Darli

      Dave. Just FYI. UNESCO is an educational and cultural wing of UN. It doesn't involve in any peacekeeping or related activities of UN. Plus being in the UNESCO doesn't upgrade their current status in UN. Any membership to the UN has to go through the security council where the US holds the veto power. So have a good night sleep there. And make sure you check the facts before you rant.

      Sad part of this is that with no US funding, the States lost its hand in UNESCO to reach out to some important educational and cultural programs like education program for women in Afghan. You won't see the effects of this cut until next decade or two, unfortunately.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Moe

      Funny you talk about Palestinians wanting to destroy Israel but you never mention how badly Israel wants to destroy Palestinians. Millions of Palestinians are living today in fear of Israeli terrorist attacks while Israel is one of the safest countries in the world. Don't lie to people when the facts are literally at their finger tips, Dave.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        Moe, I am 54 years old and can't recall a single attack by Israel on Palestine that was not the result of attacks from Palestine first. A near sure way to peace for Palestine is STOP the violence, their hand would be strengthened immeasurably, but that wouldn't be the Arab way now would it?

        October 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Rick

      Come off it KU, first no reason to be insulting, second it is the Palestinian GOVERNMENT (at least in Gaza) that is promoting hatred and intolerance towards Israel NOT some fringe group of the general population like the KKK. A totally different situation and one you should be able to see easily of you are nearly as smart as you think you are.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  74. matt

    Why not just withdraw from the UN as it is a useless body anyway. The U.S. should also boot the U.N. from its New York headquarters and let it settle in another country - U.S. taxpayers should not be burdened by the cost of being on this useless body that only caters to the welfare of U.S. enemies and terrorist organization.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Kirstyloo

      Matt-Please look at history. What other international organization was created to promote effective international relations? Who was a strong supporter of that organization? What concept prevented the US from joining it? Which branch of government caused the problem? What happened when the US didn't want to be part of the last international organization to promote peace?

      Answers:
      League of Nations
      United States President Woodrow Wilson (Nobel Peace Prize in 1919)
      Isolationism
      Republicans in Congress
      World War II – The US's lack of membership hampered the League's credibility as a mediator of world conflict

      While the United Nations isn't perfect, I think that a quick look at history might be interesting so that we don't follow down that path again.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  75. marty

    This is like a baby who starts crying when you take away his toys. Is the U.S interested in democracy, or only our brand of democracy. There are lots of other rich countries that should be willing to take up the slack, how about Saudi Arabia or China. This could work out badly for american prestige on the world stage. It's actually childish.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  76. Kurtinco

    It looks like the UN is thumbing its nose at the US. Time to send it to China and see how successful it will be then.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  77. SteveHC

    This article has more irrational nonsense in it than I could possible list in a comment post. Suffice it to say that UNESCO has never – and I repeat NEVER – done *anything* that even remotely resembles anything like "protecting Israel." Nothing. Nada. Not EVER. And beyond that statement the article gets even crazier. UNESCO is and always has been far too politicized by its "UN Diplomat Wanna-be" members for it to be able to achieve its own stated objectives. The U.S. can and will continue to aid countries and projects *directly*, without any need for UNESCO's meddling.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  78. breyle

    Maybe now they can give us some of that money they been sending over there foolishly ....MERRY CHRISTMAS

    October 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  79. Albert Pujos

    That will pay for the first 3 years of my new contract.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  80. William Johnson

    The UN (and all it's programs) have been a leech to America for far too long. IT ans all of it's agencies should be disbanded. The property in NY can be used as a low-rent housing unit.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  81. Shaz

    Pistoya is a dickhead ,it just shows what kind of morons are out there,America is always dancing the democracy dance ,now all of the sudden the Palestinians decide to take matters into their own hands the toys are flying out of the pram ,grow up the world can see what a two faced bully the USA is ,I'm laughing my ass off

    October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • An

      I agree 100% This country has lost it's moral compass when it comes to the middle east.. We talk out our butts

      October 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Joboo

      That's one heck of a sentence you strung together there, Shaz.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Ketuke

      It's a self inflicted moral depreciation for US.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  82. Rog

    I'm with Pistoya, and I speak for America!

    October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • KU

      You're an illiterate!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • Joboo

        You're illiterate!

        October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  83. raddchad

    I applaud CNN giving attention to this. Usually when the US is embarrassing itself like this or committing war crimes over seas the mainstream media is censored. This needs to open eyes to the people as to what our 'real' foreign policy is all about. Can't keep US citizens in the dark forever.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  84. Donald Dalphons

    Why don't we fully fund the Iranian nuclear program too! Please.....you make me laugh.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  85. Bonez

    I have an idea... how about we take that $60 Million and start to pay off our countries deficit? Let's start thinking about the problems we have on our own soil for once.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • US1776

      How about the billions we are giving to Israel?

      October 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Denzel

      Yes, let's also cut the $3bil.+ the U.S. give to Israel for no reason each year. That can help even more plug the deficit hole!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  86. fed up

    I'm simply sick of it all. Sounds like stupid child games to me. Why waste my tax dollars trying to teach some afghan to read anyway – so they can read direction on how to blow us up? forget that. Palestine will become a country whether isreal likes it or not, just give it time and the american liberals, muslims and arab loving groups will eventually make it happen. I'm sick of the arguments, wars, funding, etc. Help the friendlies, screw the haters.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Denzel

      Exactly, cut Israel off from the billions in aid we give them for no reason at all. That will help our federal budgets at least a little, but much more than cutting of UNESCO.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • charlie

        Denzel, good idea and remember when Israel doesn't share its sercurity tech or its science or its
        IT or it intelligence or any of its other goodies with the US, remember your words of praise for her.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  87. Alex

    The UN has long since been hickacked as a vehicle for the destruction of America.
    We are only lucky that the UN is so currupt and inefficient that it is not fully able to serve the purposes of those beligerent groups who wish to destroy us.
    Time to shut down the UN.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  88. Bruno

    Good...next cut all funding to the United Nations. Stop wasting money for these useless Agencies.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Denzel

      I agree. Also, cut all the funding to Israel. That's a savings os over $3mil.+ every year. No more giving money away to these rogue states. Awesome!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • jnpa

      I agree.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  89. Aristocles

    Keeping our money does not mean "lose prestige". If anything, this shows the other countries that we mean business, leading to a gain in our prestige. Sure, some countries won't like it, but what would it make us look like if we said we would cut funding to a UN agency that recognizes a terrorist "state" and then we fail to make good on our word? Given recent victories for democracy (Libya, South Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, the death of Bin Laden, etc), the Arab tyrannies and Islamic dictatorships are on the ropes. Terrorism and its supporters are at a very low ebb, Israel is militarily very strong, and the Palestinians are unable to get the Israeli settlers to budge a single inch from the West Bank. This bid for statehood is a sign of weakness, as it is a "Hail Mary" pass when all other plans have failed. The Arabs have a long history of rejecting international norms of human rights, a pattern of regularly rejecting UN declarations, and a lack of willingness to cooperate with non-Arabic speaking states, as well as constant wars between each other. That they turn to the UN to solve a major problem is a sure sign that they have exhausted any reserve of power they might have and are beaten before the world on their knees.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Kirstyloo

      While I don't like it, Hamas (the existing governement) was duly elected when they won Palestinian municipal elections over Fatah. Hamas candidates appeal to Palestinian voters as the alternative to the perceived corruption, inaction and weakness of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority leadership. Candidates promised and initially provided improved socio-economic conditions for Palestinian families, and greater social services. The problem is that the US, the European Union,Canada, Israel and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, while nations such as Russia, Turkey, and Switzerland do not. That being said, they are the elected government...kind of like a democracy.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  90. Bob

    You show your anti-Israel bias with each and every word. Try being a reporter and not an editorialist and then you'll have a little credibility, Mr. Terrorist supporter.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • raddchad

      Why not ask why this country is so PRO Israel? Your comment epitomizes the ignorance of the average American when it comes to foriegn policy. Look at the facts of what is going on. Palesitne is gaining world wide support for legitimate statehood, and the only major obsticle is the US and Israel. Are we the in the right, in our true exceptionalist intellect, or is most the rest of the world correct to give them legitimate existence in the world?

      October 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
      • Denzel

        Very good reply! Agreed.

        October 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • charlie

        Raddchad, one question...who besides Israel has ever helped America? Who has shared its knowledge with us?
        Who has lived as a peaceful neighbor without fear of terrorism? My man/woman think before you speak. You want to kill your only true friend in the MIddle East, like it or not!!!! She has given so much knowledge to us. Who are the noble and pulitzer prize winners, Who has the intelligence to build in the desert. Think about it before you spew words of hatred that come from the mouth of an angry person.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  91. ja

    Pistoya, You r an *sswipe.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  92. Hyman Rosen

    I was going to be against this too, until you mentioned WIPO. Anything that helps destroy WIPO should only be encouraged.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  93. TheLastIndependent

    I simply don't understanding whille our government is acting like this. I mean, come on. Ever since the Palistinians beginning seeking statehood, the government had been using strongarm tactics like this (cutting funding to construction funding in Gasa and the West Bank is one example). I'm a patriot, but this is simply wrong. This is certainly not the way to go with Israel and the Middle East crisis.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Raph

      I agree with you...when will the American Government start putting Americans first...why must we put our security and economy on the line for Israel...the more I think about it, it just baffles the mind...why does this little state have so much control over us?...the bible? I don't get it!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • TheLastIndependent

        Maybe because Israel gives money to our politicians. They have their own lobby which main purpose is to look out for Israel's needs, not American's. It's time to pass a bill that stops lobbist from influencinig our government like this. Opps, did I say "our" government? I meant their government.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • JOE

      America is just a big bully and hypocrite on the world stage.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • ScottIndy

      @Ralph – The reason that the US supports Israel is because they represent a Judea-Christian, fully-realized democracy, who shares many of the purported values of the US and as such Israel can act as watchdog over nearby countries where the US has major oil interests. Additionally, the AIPAC is a powerful lobby whose aim is to reinforce Israel's influence and security as it is affected by US policy. Israel has crossed a line with some of its policies on developing in contested border areas, because, regardless of the "legality" of the issue, its inflammatory and stirs up the hornets nest. Yet, as a nation and a culture Israel is much more progressive and in-line with the US's interests as compared with its oppressive neighbors like Iran.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  94. Don Bacon

    Besides the conundra you mention there is the clear evidence that the US can't be a a disinterested arbitrator on I/P.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  95. Pistoya

    We dont need any funding for promoting education, culture and science for Palistinians. We simply need to go in and shell them to the 1st century and get boots on the ground to mop up. By definition, Palistiinian means terrorist. They just will not accept that Americans are the victors so we need to lay them out funeral style.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • BucketDrop

      Either Pistoya has been playing too many video games or this Pistoya is a murderer. Either way, Pistoya does not speak for America!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Pistoya is Re-tar-ted

      Go back to the hole you crawled out of....generalizing, racists, ill informed, nothing but non-sense being spewed by this "special" person....no one carries what you think piss-to-ya.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • JOE

      You're sick to the core.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • TommyVee

      Pistoya, sounds like you just want to say "America Uber Alles".

      Attacking an entire ethnic group or nationality to "lay them out funeral style" because you disagree with the actions of some members of that group fits the definition of genocide.

      Israel will have to face demographic reality, soon Palestinians will outnumber Israelis in Israel and its' occupied territories, no matter how many are laid out "funeral style". At that point, only a non-democratic Israel will be able to remain a Jewish nation, and non-democratic governments always fall eventually.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Rog

      +1000 to you Pistoya!

      October 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
      • Denzel

        Please ignore these two racist bigots (Pitoya and Rog)

        October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Truth18181

      Your genocidal comments demonstrate your absolute ignorance concerning the Palestinian conflict. You, sir, are no better than Hitler himself by advocating a second holocaust. Under your definition of a terrorist, the Israelis are just as much of terrorists as the Palestinians.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • emily fong

      dido

      October 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • adar

      Israel is a racist, non-democratic state and will eventually fall. Its just a matter of time. The israeli government has been systematically killing women and children for over 50 years and we still stand by them. It is our support for Israel that has helped expose our hypocracy to the rest of the world.
      It is time to cut all ties with Israel. This would allow us to form meaningful ties with the Arab world. The last time I checked, Israel has never done anything good for america. It has been a one sided relationship from its inception.
      BTW, Pistoya, Israel has been trying to "lay them out funeral style" for a long time...they have not been able to kill enough to make it beneficial for israel.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • doubleday

        adar, if you look at the gov't of israel and claim it is not democratic, then you are just spewing trash and your opinions are worthless. It's that simple.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
      • rh

        doubleday, please let me know who automatically gets custody of children if there is a divorce.

        Also let me know if women can get a divorce without permission from their husbands.

        Finally, please let me know how many Sephardic Jews are in Israeli government, as opposed to Ashkenazi Jews in the Israeli government. I'm sure it accurately reflects the composition of the Israeli Jews who were there for generations.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
      • I. Mold

        I agree with you about cutting ties with Israel, but for different reasons. Without the U.S. holding them on a leash, the Arab problem (I doubt you'd agree, but much of the world looks at Arabs as a problem) would be settled in a most unsettling manner, hopefully without killing millions of them, but it wouldn't surprise me if that happened. Israel will only be destroyed if Arabs get a nuclear arsenal, but it wouldn't be any consolation to the Arabs; they'd be too dead to care. The current situation of hatred on both sides can't continue forever, and for Arabs, and possibly Jews, it will either be peace or death, because the U.S. simply won't be able to afford trying to save the Arab world from destruction. You might think they're trying to save Israel, but the only thing they're really trying to save is Arab oil. If the Israelis get it, it won't be cheap any more. Think about it; why would Americans really care about Israel? And do you really think anybody could form meaningful ties with an Arab country? They don't even have good relations with each other.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • Don Wolf

        I agree that Israel is not democratic. It ethnicaly cleansed most of the people who were born there and thus are not allowed to vote. They freely admit that the residents they forced out of the country would vote Israel into a secular nation and thus not right of return for the residents. The dual education system is worse then what we had in the South years ago. There is nothing democratic or legal about Israel. It is a rogue nation!

        October 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • mikee

        Israel is fully democratic, giving Arabs citizenship and full voting rights. That minority sects don't get elected just demonstrates the tyranny of democracy.

        Your hilarious comment about children in divorce situations almost had me on the floor. In the USA, 75 percent of custody awards go to the mother and only 10 percent to the father. Does that make the USA a pro-woman, anti male culture? Tell that to the women's liberation movement.

        Or better yet, how about mixed marriages where the Arab Muslim parent kidnaps the child the courts rule should be with the other parent and runs away to Jordan or Egypt or Saudi. In how many of those cases did the wonderful, justice seeking governments of the region cooperate with their western partner? If you guess 1, you guessed high.

        October 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • Frog

        A bill was introduced in the Knesset last year to amend Israel’s Oath of Allegiance to require all new immigrants to swear their loyalty to a “Jewish” state. – Theocracy at work

        November 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
      • rick

        epitome of hypocrisy: accusing Israel of being racist while the arabs/muslims have killed or expelled every jew living within their borders and are presently killing christians and other muslins that dont agree with their specific theology, not to mention that it was and still is arabs that traded in slaves and massacred the black communities of Darfur!

        November 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • matt

      I totally agree with you. Boot the U.S. from U.S. soil and let them get their money from their terrorist friends.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • Denzel

        OK, so now according to Matt, only Israel and the U.S. are not terrorists. the rest of the world is. LOL

        October 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • matt

      I totally agree with you. Boot the U.N. from U.S. soil and let them get their money from their terrorist friends.

      October 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • TV

        Agreed, nevermind the large loss in revenues/employment/etc. to the cities and states that host the UN. I think it would be worth it 🙂

        October 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
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