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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Israel withdraws bid for UN Security Council seat


Seeing little support amid international criticism over its violent crackdown on Palestinian protesters, Israel has announced it will not be seeking a rotating two-year non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council.

"After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the State of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council," the Israeli delegation to the UN said.

At the same time, the diplomatic mission stressed that the country will remain "active" in the United Nations to exercise the country's rights in the decision-making processes of the world body. "This includes the Security Council as well as an emphasis on areas related to development and innovation," the statement added.

The State of Israel, which has never been a member of the UNSC, decided to throw in the towel after realizing that it had little chance of beating Germany and Belgium in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly vote, which is set to choose the rotating members of the Council on June 8, a source at the UN told Reuters.

Earlier, the Palestinian Authority noted that the Arab states would prevent Tel Aviv from obtaining enough votes to assume a seat at the Council. "We are doing everything possible to convince as many countries as possible to block the vote on Israel's bid for a seat at the Security Council," Riyad al-Maliki, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, noted earlier.  

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