Senators Try to Stop Palestinian Membership in the UNFCCC
BY: Nisreen Eadeh/Staff Writer
In a letter sent last week to Secretary of State John Kerry, 28 U.S. Senators expressed their concern about Palestinain membership in the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Senators claimed that since Palestine is not a state, it should not be allowed to act like one as a member of the UNFCCC. They argued that the Palestinians were trying to obtain statehood through the United Nations and its affiliations, which “circumvent direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.” The Senators went so far as to say that the U.S. should have been able to block Palestine from joining the UNFCCC, threatened to stop aiding the UNFCCC, and for the Obama administration to hold the Palestinians accountable for their troublesome actions. Signatories include Senators: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, and David Vitter – all staunch Israel advocates who have blocked any effort that would recognize Palestinian human rights or statehood by the U.S. government.