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  10/18/2012, Cheshvan 2, 5773

Overall, New Security Council Members Better for Israel


The United Nations chose five new temporary members for the Security Council Thursday. Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Rwanda and South Korea will join the council in January, replacing Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal, South Africa.

While South Africa's policy toward Israel was viewed as problematic and Portugal was frequently hostile, Germany, Colombia and India were friendly. Analysts say three of the new five support Israel while the other two are "okay". Australia is the most friendly of the five, while there is some concern over Argentina's tightening of relations with Iran despite implication of the Tehran government in terror attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994.