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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Guess why the Arab League is keeping Australia out of the Security Council

The Arab League is blocking Australia's attempt to gain one of the non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council because - you guessed it - the Aussies are deemed too supportive of Israel.
Hashem Yousseff, chief of cabinet for Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa, told The Australian Canberra kept "bad company" at the UN, where it often opposes anti-Israel resolutions in alliance with the US, Canada and small Pacific island states.

Australia's support for Israel, he said, was "one of the elements that will be taken into consideration" by the 22-member Arab League in deciding whether to support Australia's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

Mr Yousseff said the Arab nations would consider how different candidates affected their interests. "For us, the Arab-Israeli issue is an important part of the consideration."

Canberra has invested huge political, diplomatic and financial resources in its bid for one of 10 non-permanent Security Council seats.

But Mr Yousseff's comments indicate it will be difficult for Australia to out-poll the European nations, which are regularly more critical of Israel.

Australia has not held a seat on the Security Council for more than 20 years.
Read the whole thing. For what it's worth, we've never had a seat on the Security Council either, and we are unlikely to ever get one. Given the realities, unless Australia is willing to become as anti-Israel as the Europeans (I hope they're not!), there's not much they can do about this.


At 3:22 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

It's long past due for democratic nations to get out of that tower of intolerance, hypocrisy and thuggery that is the UN. Nothing - absolutely nothing - it does warrants keep this bastion of hate alive.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

The insanity in all of this is that it would take one world leader to stand up to the Arab League in public and verbally shame them right between the eyes for spending almost all of their time debasing Israel while issuing salacious proclamations about Jews.

....but don't expect it. Not even the impotent Jew Hating UN (member of the Jew Hating US led quartet for peace) will issue a reprimand.

Understandably it is important to Australia to become part of the Security Council. While they have on occasion stood up for Israel, don't expect them or anyone to go against the Arab League.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

That bastion of hate you speak of Ashan (truthfully) was seated as one partner in the U.S led Quartet for Peace.

We all know why Bush seated them as a quartet partner even knowing how much Bush loathed the UN. It was to take the pressure of the US in the Iraq War. Even knowing full well the consequences that would bring to Israel. Just another kick in the gut of reality proving, the UN is here to stay and Israel the whipping boy to the world will just have to endure it.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger MUSHI said...

agree with ashan, the really free democratic countries must quit the U.N and create another oranization only for real democracies in the world.

that way you say bye bye to: almost all arab countries, cuba, china, north korea, and a large etc.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

The UN should be declared a hate group like the KKK. But really they act like a bunch of middle school girls all tawdried up and filled and envy and hate for beautiful little Israel...


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