Ted Cruz Confronts UN on Israel

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Senator Ted Cruz, a nominee for the 2016 Republican presidential race, has had it with the way the United Nations treats Israel. Cruz fired off a letter this week, criticizing the UN for moving to add Israel to a list of human rights violators that target children. If added to the list, Israel would join groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. Watchdog group Human Rights Watch is actively petitioning the UN to add Israel to the list for the deaths of 500 Palestinian children in last year’s battles with Hamas in Gaza.

Of course, there are other ways to look at those tragic deaths. For one, Hamas has been singled out as having used children as human shields in the region. They are known to seek out locations near schools and other civilian buildings, creating military bases where they are knowingly putting innocents in harm’s way. Cruz wrote to the UN, saying that putting them on this list would “falsely and shamefully equate Israel with some of the most barbaric terrorist organizations around the world.” He went further, warning the UN that such a decision would force Congress to reevaluate the relationship between the U.S. and their organization.

This is not, of course, the first time someone has highlighted the UN’s obvious bias against Israel. Every year, the UN convenes specific condemnations against the country for their “oppression” of Israel. This annual resolution makes Israel the only country subject to such a specific and enduring attack, and it exposes the UN as the political, biased entity that it has been for a long time.

The UN has long since outlived its usefulness. It has been apparent for some time that they have an agenda that is at once anti-American and pro-Muslim. Their policies have drifted far to the left and they are as concerned with the phantom ramifications of climate change as they are with real human suffering. The United States should have severed ties in the run-up to the war in Iraq, when the UN exposed itself as a body of almost unlimited impotence.

President Obama has done serious, lasting damage to the U.S.’s relationship with Israel. This kind of condemnation should be coming from the White House, but the self-proclaimed first Jewish president can’t be bothered. Obama has been pro-Palestine, pro-Iran, and pro-Muslim, and he has conducted his presidency as if hoping to move on to the United Nations after his term is up. Instead of maintaining a close relationship with our best Middle Eastern allies, he has pandered to the extreme left at every opportunity.

Our next president, whether Democrat or Republican, must repair this damaged bridge. Our ties with Israel go beyond partisan concerns. And if the UN continues to put Israel in the same boat with radical terrorists and totalitarian states, the U.S. should finally step away from the table.