Jerusalem — Despite efforts by its detractors, Israel has seen a steady improvement in its diplomatic standing around the world with breakthroughs in relations with Arab states, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Nevertheless, the United Nations, with its decades of anti-Israel hostility, remains a source of concern for the Jewish state.
Indeed, recently the United States and Israel voted against the world body’s 2021 budget due to anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias, particularly with regard to a planned follow-up event to the 2001 Durban Conference in South Africa, which was replete with anti-Semitic undertones.
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With one week to go before President-elect Joe Biden and his administration, concerns have been circulating that America may shift its approach or even return towards a more unfriendly posture seen at the world body in the waning days of the Obama administration, which saw it censure Israel over its settlement activity.
Danny Danon, Israel’s 17th Permanent Representative to the United Nations and chairman of the World Likud, told JNS that he hopes the conversation at the United Nations will now focus on the broader Middle East and the Iranian proxies in the region, and not just on Israel.
“We need to make sure all the other issues are being discussed and not only the anti-Israel agenda that is on the table,” he said.
Noting the important changes that have taken place in the region over the last few months, Danon said he would encourage the incoming Biden administration to continue the momentum created by the Abraham Accords, which saw the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco accept normalization agreements with Israel. Read more at JNS