The Trump administration is considering pulling the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in protest of its blatant and incessant anti-Israel bias, Politico reported on Saturday. Israeli politicians welcomed the report.
The administration sees the Council as inherently anti-Israel, a common US criticism against an international body which, as of an April 2015 report, had condemned Israel more than every other country in the world combined. The Council consistently continues to abuse the Middle East’s lone democracy and to stay silent on the horrific human rights abuses of neighboring Arab states.
When the UNHRC was founded in 2006, the administration of then-President George W. Bush refused to seek a seat on the Council on the basis of its “singular focus” on Israel. In 2008, the US withdrew entirely. However, under former President Barack Obama, the US reversed its position and joined the UN body with the justification that change could be made from within.
The UNHRC’s virulent antagonism to Israel did not cease during Obama’s presidency.
While ongoing discussions will not affect the US’s participation in the Council’s upcoming session, which begins on Monday, the final decision would likely include consultations between President Donald Trump, Tillerson, and ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who recently blasted the UN Security Council for focusing the lion’s share of its attentions on Israel while ignoring other Middle East crises.
Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US and prominent politician, praised the report, tweeting that the decision to leave the “insanely anti-Israel” Council would “send a moral message to the world.”
U.S. decision to quit the insanely anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council would send a moral message to the world.
— Michael Oren (@DrMichaelOren) February 26, 2017