In an interview with Army Radio on Saturday night, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gavriel Shalev, said that Iran's failure to be chosen for membership in the UN Security Council was an achievement for Israel. “The message was that the nations of the world would not grant the opportunity to sit on the Security Council to a nation that engages in terror and refuses to bow to international demands," Shalev said.
On Friday, Iran lost its bid for membership for a two year stint as a non-permanent member of the Security Council to Japan, which got 158 votes to Iran's 32. Ten countries are given the non-permanent Security Council seats for two-year terms. They work alongside the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.