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US: UN Needs to Bring Israel Closer, Not Push It Away

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The United Nations recently elected Israel's ambassador to chair a committee - the first time an Israeli has won such a position. Yet, writes Arutz Sheva's Shai Landesman, this shows the international body's unfair treatment of the Jewish state:

David Pressman, who is the US Ambassador to the UN for Special Political Affairs, congratulated Danon on his appointment and commented on the difficulty of getting an Israeli official an appointment within the UN.

"For any other country in these United Nations, today's election would have been an unremarkable affair," the American ambassador said, "but Israel is rarely treated like any other country here."

Pressman mentioned previous appointments of Israeli officials that had needed to be fought for. He then remarked that while the 6th committee has always elected its Chairs by consensus acclimation, and "even a Chair from Qaddafi's Libya was elected by acclimation", Danon had to be elected by vote due to the UN's hostility towards Israel.

The Ambassador called for "a UN that includes Israel, that brings Israel closer, not one that systematically pushes Israel away..."

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