Shapiro: Israel´s decision to cut HRC ties ´understandable´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Shiri Hadar Published: 03.26.12, 23:46)
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US ambassador to Israel says Human Rights Council obsessively focuses
on Israel instead of other critical issues in Syria, Iran
United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said Monday that he
understands Israel´s decision to sever its ties with the UN Human
Rights Council, following its decision to probe its settlements
During a meeting with students at Tel Aviv University, Shapiro said
that the Council "obsessively focuses" on Israel, while neglecting
other human rights issues that are far more important and urgent.
The ambassador explained that the United States continues to sit at
the Council in order to try shift the focus away on Israel and put it
where it belongs, in Syria or Iran.
Shapiro also noted that the United States was the only member to vote
against setting up the commission of inquiry, against ten European
The Homan Rights Council decided last week to establish a commission
of inquiry to investigate whether the Jewish settlements infringe on
Following its decision, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced
that Israel will sever all ties with the Council.
"It means that we´re not going to work with them. We´re not going to
let them carry out any kind of mission for the Human Rights Council,
including this probe," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.
Rotating President of the Human Rights Council Laura Dupuy Lasserre
said Monday evening that Israel´s decision is "very regrettable",
adding that it is in Israel´s interest to cooperate with the Council,
so it can explain its policy and actions to the representatives
appointed to the commission of inquiry.
Lasserre stressed that though she heard about the decision from
multiple media outlets, she has yet to receive an official notice on
the matter. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 03/26/12)
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