The United Nations voting again to punish Israel -- with the assent of the Obama White House -- put Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer is a sour mood. On Monday night’s Special Report, substitute host Doug McKelway pointed out that Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted the U.S. government shouldn’t fund the UN until this vote is reversed.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Most Americans are not aware of the fact that we pay about a quarter of the freight of the rate of the U.N.
McKELWAY: 22 percent or something.
KRAUTHAMMER: So we're paying an organization that spends half its time -- more than half its time and energy and resources and bureaucracy trying to attack the only Jewish state on the planet, a tiny little spec, while genocide mayhem, murder, terrorism is going on all over the world. It's an obsession that to an outside a observer appears to be insane. Why are we doing this? And the rest of the time is spend undermining the United States and democracy and our allies around the world.
It is an organization that exacerbates tensions, it does not assuage them. It was born in hope, the end of the second World War. It turned out to be a disaster. Any move to minimize our support for it, any move to get it out of the U.S., imagine if headquarters were in Zimbabwe. The amount of weight and coverage it would get would be zero. I think it's good real estate in downtown New York City. Trump ought to find a way to put his name on it and turn it into condos.
On Friday's Special Report, Krauthammer also took after the Obama team's decision:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N. That was a phrase used by Pat Moynihan, the great Democratic senator, the former U.S. ambassador, who spoke for the United States standing up in the U.N. and to resist this kind of disgrace.
To give you an idea of how appalling this resolution is, it declares that any Jew who lives in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, the Jewish quarter, inhabited for 1,000 years, is illegal, breaking international law, essentially an outlaw, can be hauled into the International Criminal Court or the national courts in Europe, which is one of the consequences.
The Jewish quarter has been populated by Jews for 1,000 years. In the war of independence from 1948, the Arabs invaded Israel to wipe it out. They did not succeed, but the Arab legion succeeded in concurring the Jewish quarter. They expelled all the Jews. They destroyed all the synagogues and all the homes. And for 19 years, no Jew could go there. The Israelis got it back in the Six Day War. And now it's declared this is not Jewish territory. Remember, it's called the Jewish quarter, but it belongs to other people, and any Jew who lives there is an outlaw. That's exactly what we supported. The resolution is explicit in saying settlements in the occupied territories and in east Jerusalem.