'Appoint Israeli UN Under-Secretary General'

Deputy FM Hotovely meets with UN Deputy Secretary General Muhammad, raises series of reform demands in organization's Israel relations.

Mordechai Sones,

Hotovely with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Muhammad
Hotovely with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Muhammad
Alexi Rosenfeld

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Muhammad in New York to discuss necessary reforms for the organization to stop discriminating against Israel.

Hotovely brought up with the Deputy Secretary-General the issue of anti-Israeli reports produced at the UN and its institutions, saying, "It is inconceivable that those who write the reports rely on information from organizations that have never visited Gaza." The Deputy Minister praised Amina Mohammed for shelving the latest report from the ESCWA.

The Deputy Minister also addressed the shortage of Israelis in key UN positions and asked Deputy Secretary-General Muhammad to appoint a senior Israeli official to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General.

Another important issue raised by Hotovely is UNRWA. Hotovely sought to deal with Palestinian refugees according to the principles of the UN refugee agency UNHCR: "The situation in which the Palestinians have an organization that perpetuates fifth-generation refugee status must end and their refugee status must be the same as what is accepted by the UN refugee agency as limited to the first generation only. UNRWA must continue to function as an humanitarian organization only."

Later, Hotovely met with Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, and the two discussed continuing pressure on the UN to implement reforms.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said at the end of the meetings, "There is a positive spirit from the new United Nations leadership, as well as from Trump's American administration, and I am optimistic about significant changes towards Israel in the UN arena."




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