Sunday, October 17, 2010

The 2011 UN Security Council--More Negative Towards Israel?

Paul Mirengoff of Powerline writes about the composition of the new UN Security Council:
Canada lost out to Portugal after Portugal's natural ally, Brazil, lobbied Islamic countries with warnings that Canada's vote on Israel-related issues would be no different than that of the United States. Portugal, the argument went, would be more "balanced."

...As for Portugal, Israeli diplomats view it as among those EU nations that all too often goes with the anti-Israel flow. In addition to the Arab and Muslim states, Portugal had the backing fo Cuba and Venezuela.

...South Africa, which consistently voted against Israel during its last stint, will also join the new Security Council.
Mirengoff concludes:
Israel has more reason than ever not to pay any attention to the U.N. on issues that relate to its security and well-being.
If only the UN could find someone to focus most of its attention on instead of Israel.

Besides the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, the 10 permanent members will be:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • India
  • Lebanon
  • Nigeria
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
Hopefully, Germany and India will support Israel.

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