|This week, the Palestinian Authority is expected to pursue a bid before the United Nations for Palestinian statehood in accordance with the borders that were in place before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Israel has stated that it cannot go back to the 1967 lines because these lines would undermine Israel's security and do not take into account demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. The United States has expressed concern that a unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence and interference by the United Nations will undermine the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, further destabilizing the region. To urge the continuation of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and ensure the security of Israel, Congressman Forbes supports H.R. 2829, the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act, which would restrict U.S. funding to the United Nations in the event Palestine is formally recognized as a state and the peace process is jeopardized. In addition, the bill also ensures that the American people know where and how their taxpayer dollars are being spent by creating an office of a U.S. Inspector General to monitor U.S. contributions to the United Nations in order to ensure that money is not being wasted or spent contrary to U.S. interests.|
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