Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen want UN to reform its stances on Israel

Two Florida Republicans are leading the charge on Capitol Hill in calling out the United Nations for an anti-Israel bias.

Towards the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, paired up with U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., in sending a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the matter. All 100 members of the Senate signed off on the letter.

“The United States co-founded the United Nations with the intention of saving future generations from war and reaffirming fundamental human rights,” the senators wrote. “While much good is being done and has been done by the body, many of its member states and agencies are using the U.N.’s privileged platform to advance an anti-Israel agenda.  Too often, the U.N. is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel rather than as a forum committed to advancing the lofty goals of its founders. These actions have at times reinforced the broader scourge of anti-Semitism, and distracted certain U.N. entities from their original missions.

“Although, as Republicans and Democrats, we disagree on many issues, we are united in our desire to see the United Nations improve its treatment of Israel and to eliminate anti-Semitism in all its forms,” the senators continued. “Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other U.N. member in good standing.  To that end, we commend the words of our nation’s Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, who recently stated, ‘It is the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change.’”


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