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Israeli diplomat warns Biden against resuming UNRWA funding

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo of a UNRWA aid worker helping to distribute food aid to Palestinian families in Gaza

A former Israeli regime ambassador to the United Nations has reportedly warned the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden against funding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Ron Prosor, veteran Israeli diplomat who served as Tel Aviv regime’s envoy to the UN until 2015 and to the UK prior to that, further called on Biden not to re-join two other UN agencies, namely the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and UNESCO, arguing that US presence in such bodies even in dissent grants greater legitimacy to “science fiction” opinions critical of Israel, the UK-based Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported Friday.

Prosor, who now heads the Tel Aviv-based Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, made the remarks during a discussion with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) -- a major pro-Israel lobby group based in New York – in which he accused the UNRWA of prolonging what he referred to as Palestine-Israel conflict.

The veteran Israeli diplomat directly warned Biden not to go near UNRWA, insisting that the relief agency perpetuates the conflict by honoring Palestinian refugee status for generations, blatantly claiming that this sort of approach amounts to an “incitement” against the Israeli regime.

“The bottom line for the United States of America– the minute you are in something, let’s say the Council on Human Rights, which I call the Council on Human Wrongs… the minute you are there, the decisions that they make, by the fact you are there, you are legitimizing those decisions,” he claimed.

“So I think this is an important point for the US to make, in saying we cannot influence a decision, we cannot leverage anything in the Council on Human Rights or UNESCO, it’s better for us not to be there to give it legitimacy,” the Israeli diplomat then underlined.

Prosor further boasted that American Jews “put their shoulder to the wheel on the [1947] UN partition resolution” that forced the establishment of the Israeli regime, adding that we need to keep strengthening “the bond between Israel and the Jewish people.”

The outgoing US President Donald Trump cut funding to UNRWA and withdrew from membership of the two other UN bodies – citing their “bias against Israel” as part of his anti-Palestinian policy of promoting the interests of the apartheid regime occupying Palestine.

However, Biden has pledged to resume US membership in the UNHRC and re-join other international bodies that Trump had abandoned. He also suggested that donations will resume for UNRWA, the report added.

According to the report, a number of US analysts have stated that the powerful pro-Israeli lobby group has already begun engaging with Biden's transition team in efforts to safeguard the anti-Palestinian interests of the Israeli regime.

“It is clear from Prosor's statements what the priorities of the lobbyists are going to be when Biden is in the White House,” it added.


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