Issue 249: ‘Israel is world’s most isolated country’

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‘Israel is world’s most isolated country’

By JORDANA HORN
21/07/2010

NEW YORK – Outgoing Ambassador to the UN Gabriella Shalev told American journalists on Monday that Israel is “the most isolated, lonely country in the world,” and that the biggest threat to its existence is not Iranian nuclear proliferation, but international attempts to delegitimize it.

Shalev told an Israel Project luncheon in Washington that threats to Israel’s right to defend itself constitute the “first challenge” of the Jewish state, according to The Washington Times. Shalev cited Iran and tensions with the Palestinians as other significant problems, but particularly highlighted the international community’s actions toward Israel as being potentially detrimental to the country’s future.

She specifically cited European court prosecutions of Israeli officials for alleged human rights offenses and UN efforts to single out Israeli conduct for reprimand…

In terms of the United Nations, UN Watch director Hillel Neuer told the Post from Geneva that “Ambassador Shalev is exactly right. While the UN was founded on the highest ideals, many of its influential assemblies have turned into Ground Zero for ‘lawfare’ – the Arab-led assault on Israel using international law to weaken its legitimacy and international standing.”

Efforts to utilize international law as a blunt instrument against Israel, Neuer said, are particularly evident in the context of the Human Rights Council, a UN body based in Geneva.

“Out of some 40 resolutions adopted since 2006, more than 70 percent target Israel, while granting impunity to Hamas terror,” Neuer said of the Human Rights Council.

“Victims of abuses worldwide are ignored. The [HRC] currently has multiple inquiries under way against democratic Israel, yet none on massacres committed by gross violators like China, Iran, Sudan, or Kyrgyzstan.

Eleanor Roosevelt and René Cassin, the proud Zionists who created the UN’s human rights system in response to the atrocities of World War II, are surely turning in their graves.”

Responding to these remarks, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary General’s office said on Tuesday that “Israel is a member in good standing of the United Nations, which has repeatedly stressed the rights of the Israeli people, as has Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Israel’s rights as a member state have been established repeatedly, including through General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”

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