While the U.N. routinely subjects Israel to harsh and unfair criticism, a change may be coming. Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, says that in recent months he’s seeing more support in the U.N. for the Jewish state:
As we continue with our relentless insistence that the UN make real and palpable changes, we are beginning to see rays of light peeking through the darkness at Turtle Bay. Last May, right after Shavuot, I was elected to chair the UN’s legal committee by 109 countries. This was the first time ever that an Israeli was elected to chair a permanent UN committee.
Last month, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) adopted an Israeli resolution focused on curbing sexual harassment in the workplace. This is the first new, Israeli-sponsored resolution at the UN in five years. Even more significantly, this resolution passed by consensus, an extremely rare occurrence for Israel-sponsored UN resolutions.
When you add these victories to the ongoing events we host at the UN highlighting Israeli technology, innovation and art, we are reminded of the possibilities for good at the UN. The founding charter of the organization calls on the nations of the world “to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” If the UN would focus on the positive contributions Israel makes to the international community and shift away from its endless, biased obsession with our supposed faults, the whole world would benefit.