Rep. Todd Tiahrt on Thursday announced his participation in legislation that would protect the unconditional right of Israel to defend itself. Tiahrt is partnering with .S. Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on the legislation which has been named The America Stands with Israel Act. The bill is directed at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which recently passed a resolution calling for an investigation into Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla. In addition, the bill calls for the United States to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council and terminates all taxpayer funds to the U.N. that would be used in the investigation of the flotilla incident.
“We cannot sit idly by and wait for the Obama administration to start showing leadership and promised support for Israel,” said Tiahrt. “If the administration is not going to make good on past promises, then congressional action is immediately needed to support the Israeli people and their right to self-defense. “The United States should not support an investigation headed by the liberal United Nations Human Rights Council. This biased council didn’t hesitate to issue a condemnation of Israel just hours after the flotilla incident last week—without knowing any of the facts or circumstances. And now they want to lead an international investigation. This is absurd, and the United States should have no part in this. We must withdraw all support and funding for this pre-determined investigation.
The legislation would include a call to the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, dictates that the United States may not contribute to the United Nations any funds to be used to pay for an investigation into the flotilla incident and also clarifies that the U.S. should and will stand beside Israel and support its people and its right to defend the country.