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Israel Decides to Sever Ties with UNHRC

Decision follows Council's decision to appoint Goldstone-type committee to look into construction in Judea and Samaria.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/26/2012, 3:49 PM

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Reuters

A senior diplomatic source said Monday that the Foreign Ministry management has decided to sever its ties with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The decision was reached after the UNHRC decided to appoint a committee of inquiry to look into construction of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

The source said that the decision stems from a series of unilateral moves that the "Palestinians" are trying to lead against Israel.

According to Monday's decision, Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor, will not appear before the Council and will not reply to requests by the UNHRC for materials and for the coordination of visits in Israel.

The source added that while thousands are being murdered in Syria and a massacre takes place in France, the UNHRC lends equal importance to construction in Judea and Samaria.

Regarding the High Court decision on Migron, the senior source said that the verdict must be honored. "Everyone accepts the High Court's decision," he said. "The test is in the alternatives that the government offers the residents."

The source said that Yisrael Beitenu's threat to leave the government over Migron referred to a situation in which the government decides to carry out a forcible eviction. At present, he said, there is no threat to leave the government because of the High Court decision.