The Israeli Prime Minister said criticism of Israel at the UN is nothing new, but he predicted change in the years to come.
UNITED NATIONS (Talk Media News) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized anti-Israel bias at the United Nations during his General Assembly speech Thursday, calling out the world body’s various agencies as a “disgrace,” “circus” and “moral farce.”
“Which is the only country that the U.N.’s Commission on Women chose to condemn this year? Israel,” he said. “Israel, where women fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside – twice – over the Supreme Court and have served as Speaker of the Knesset and Prime Minister.”
“The U.N., begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce.”
Netanyahu highlighted other examples of bias, including 20 resolutions passed by the U.N. General Assembly over the last year “against the democratic state of Israel, and a grand total of three resolutions against all the other countries on the planet.”
Netanyahu had predicted that attitudes about Israel at the U.N. were poised for change as more countries embrace its technological prowess.
Israel is betting that engineering breakthroughs in waste water reclamation and ocean desalination, as well as a robust cyber security sector, will help transform it into a technology exporter for the developing world. In so doing, it hopes countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America that have long spurned Israel at the U.N. will see the benefits of increased cooperation.
“The change will happen in this hall,” Netanyahu told a half-empty General Assembly, “because back home your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes toward Israel, and sooner or later that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the U.N.”
Across Africa, Israeli nonprofits are hard at work spreading solar and water technology, and Netanyahu embarked on a four-nation African trip in July to drum up foreign investment. Israeli investments in Africa will also be highlighted at a U.N. side event on Thursday.
Netanyahu claimed government opinions about Israel are “rapidly changing,” but there remain only isolated signals that this outreach is paying off, at least at the U.N.
Nigeria and Rwanda abstained from a 2014 Security Council resolution that called on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land. Those votes prevented the resolution from receiving the nine votes needed for passage, but Israel’s critics on the council still faced an obstacle that no amount of outreach to Africa or Asia could override: an American veto.
“We never forget that our most cherished alliance, our deepest friendship, is with the United Nations of America, the most powerful and the most generous nation on Earth,” Netanyahu said.
“Our unbreakable bond with the United States of America transcends parties and politics.”