A republican congresswoman introduced a bill, along with 57 co-sponsors, asking Congress to block U.S. funds for any United Nations entity that supports giving Palestine an elevated status at the UN.Israeli newspaper Haaretz said in its online edition on Wednesday that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is also seeking to ban U.S. contributions to the UN Human Rights Council and an anti-racism conference seen as a platform for anti-Israel rhetoric.

Ros-Lehtinen is known of her anti-UN positions. She wrote in her letter to her colleagues, that a Palestinian self-declared state ‘would short-circuit the negotiating process, and would severely undermine opportunities for peace between Israel and the Palestinians’.