By Tim Thomas
From the joint statement:
“These anti-Israel resolutions should be unequivocally rejected whenever they are proposed. It is long past time for Members of UNESCO to stop being complicit in this international campaign to delegitimize Israel”.
The resolution in question is expected to be passed next Tuesday, which not coincidentally happens to be the 69th anniversary of the official establishment of the Jewish State by the United Nations, according to the Hebrew calendar. The Gregorian calendar date of the nation’s independence is May 14.
The statement comes fresh off two rare moments of unanimity in the US Senate this spring regarding Israel. In March, all sitting Senators signed a letter to President Trump to move swiftly to address dozens of threats against various locations of interest to Jews in the United States, including a number of synagogues.
Then in April, the Senate voted unanimously to send a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to “ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other U.N. member in good standing.”
Since taking the position earlier this year, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has been at the fore of a continued US effort to end what had become a constant barrage of anti-Israel UN resolutions under the Obama administration.
Cruz is no stranger to UNESCO, having called out the group on multiple occasions in the past for its anti-Israel bias.