Rep. Flake Releases Statement on UN Decision to Grant Palestinian Authority Full UNESCO Membership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2011
CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky

Mesa, Arizona – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today released the following statement on the United Nations decision to give the Palestinian Authority full membership to UNESCO, the UN cultural agency:

“It defies logic that UNESCO is willing to give up 22-percent of its funding for a largely symbolic effort that will only further complicate the Middle East peace talks,” said Flake. “Genuine peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only come through direct negotiations between the two parties, not through fiat.”

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Rep. Flake Issues Statement on Palestinian Bid for Statehood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2011
CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today issued the following statement on the Palestinians’ bid for statehood at the current session of the United Nations:

“Forcing the establishment of a Palestinian state is not an option – recognition must be brought about through negotiation and compromise,” said Flake. “Achieving recognition by fiat will only make negotiations to establish a Palestinian state more difficult for Israel and the Palestinians.” 

In addition to other pro-Israel legislation, Congressman Flake has cosponsored the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act, the current version of which (H.R. 2829) would, among other things, withhold U.S. contributions to any U.N. entity that recognizes a Palestinian state, and would take steps to safeguard U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency are not used by any foreign terrorist organization. In 2006, he introduced the Geneva Distinctive Emblems Protect Act (H.R. 6338), which became law in 2007 and paved the way for the Magen David Adom, Israel’s version of the Red Cross, to take up full membership in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Additionally, Congressman Flake voted for H. Res. 268 in July, affirming Congressional support for direct Israeli-Palestinian negations to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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