Israeli minister threatens Israel will withdraw UN funding if blacklist is released

Likud minister Gilad Erdan stated that if the UN Human Rights Council releases the blacklist of companies doing business in the West Bank, "Israel will completely stop its participation in the UN budget." Erdan's threat comes shortly after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made a threat of her own.
Erdan Photo Credit: Flash 90

After it was reported that Washington is threatening to stop funding the UN Human Rights Council if the blacklist of international companies that do business in Israeli settlements is published, Israeli Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan threatened to revoke Israel's funding for the UN.  

"I salute US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and thank the American government that showed the UN the clear price of [allowing] its bodies to promote the boycott against Israel," Erdan said. "This is the moment to clarify to the UN that if a 'blacklist' of companies that operate in Judea and Samaria is published, Israel will completely stop its participation in the UN budget and significantly reduce the entry permits granted to its representatives. Every group that participates in promoting the boycott against Israeli citizens needs to know that there's a price for this."

Last night, JOL reported that Haley threatened to cut the funding of senior-level officials in the organization if the list is published. According to Haley, the response will be severe and the US might even leave the council.



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