Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton urged American citizens this week to “take back the government and assert leadership.”
Speaking to the Chairman's club dinner at the sixth annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) national summit in Washington DC, Bolton said “the most powerful force on earth is not nuclear weapons, but an aroused American public.”
Bolton, had strong words for the United Nations in a broad-based foreign policy speech on the September General Assembly vote, in which the Palestinian Authority will ask the membership to approve its establishment as an independent nation.
"This effort is an attack on Israel's legitimacy", said Bolton adding that it comes as no surprise because "for the last two and half years, President Obama has been negotiating on behalf of the Palestinians."
Supporting Israel's right to live in "peace and security", Bolton said that the solution to the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved by the "parties of conflict" and not by the machinations of the United Nations. He called on the U.S. Congress to "pass a law taking the wind out of the Palestinian sails.” Bolton also urged Congress to “get Obama to be an honest broker in Middle East peace negotiations and get his thumb off the pedal of the Palestinians."
Bolston reminded his audience of more than 600 that this is not the first time in modern history that the Palestinians have attempted to declare their own state.
"In 1988, they did the same thing and then joined specialized agencies of the United Nations to further their agenda." He also noted that the intended vote reflects a repudiation of U.S. foreign policy and is direct contravention of UN resolutions 242 and 338.
Bolton recommended the U.S. warn the European Union that if the EU decides to adopt this "profoundly wrong" resolution, the U.S. will yank its funding for the UN.
In 1988, former Secretary of State James Baker threatened any UN agency that funded the PLO, Bolton added.