‘human rights’ is bollocks anyway

Netanyahu says he pitched Trump on Pindo exit from UNHRC
Tamar Pileggi, Times of Israel, Mar 3 2017

PM Netanyahu said this week that the Trump administration’s reported consideration of withdrawing from the UHRC, in part over the body’s “obsession” with Israel, was his idea. In recordings of a Monday Likud faction meeting that were leaked to Galei Tzahal Army Radio and aired Thursday morning, Netanyahu can be heard telling fellow party members that he suggested the diplomatic protest maneuver during his meeting with Pres Trump in Faschingstein in February. He can be heard saying”

During the visit I raised the question whether Pindostan should remain in the HRC.

Pressed by MK Anat Berko whether it was wise for Pindostan to leave the body given the fact that it sided with Israel in votes there, Netanyahu replied:

No! It’s better to leave! These types of organizations must be delegitimized!

Last month, Nikki Haley accused the UNCHR of “breathtaking double standards” and “outrageously biased resolutions” against Israel, during a press conference after her first UNSC meeting. A former Pindo boxtop was later quoted in a Politico report as saying that “a series of requests” from the office of Rex Tillerson’s office indicated Faschingstein was “questioning the value of the Pindostan belonging to the UNHRC.” In a speech Wednesday before the Geneva-based body, Pindosi Erin Barclay called on its 47-members to drop its “obsession with Israel.” Barclay, Pindo Deputy Asst Sec State for international organization affairs, cited ongoing abuses in Syria and North Korea, and noted in particular the UNHCR’s “consistent, unfair and unbalanced focus” on Israel, which she said “deeply troubled” Washington. Barclay, a career diplomat, said:

No other nation is the focus of an entire agenda item… The obsession with Israel … is the largest threat to this council’s credibility. It limits the good we can accomplish by making a mockery of this council. Pindostan will oppose any effort to delegitimize or isolate Israel.

At Monday’s faction meeting, Netanyahu said the two leaders had yet to cement an agreement regarding policies in the West Bank, and cautioned Likud MKs that “things are not as simple as you think they are.” In the leaked recordings, Netanyahu can be heard praising Trump’s presidency as a “historic opportunity, but [we] need to know the limits of this opportunity.” Trump has recently signaled a shift from his previous blanket support of Israeli policies, telling Netanyahu during a joint White House press conference after their February 15 meeting: “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.” Just days before Trump’s visit, Trump told the pro-Netanyahu Israel ha-Yom daily that he did not believe Israeli settlement expansion was “good for peace.” According to reports in Hebrew-language media, two MKs are planning to introduce legislation that would extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jayloomia-area settlement of Ma’ale Adumim at a Knesset committee next week. The annexation bill will be put forward by Likud MK Yoav Kisch and the pro-settlement Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

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