Cape Verde denies it will stop voting against Israel at UN

Cape Verde denies it said it would no longer vote against Israel at the UN, but says it does want to strengthen relations with Israel.

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Cape Verde's President Jorge Carlos Fonseca
Cape Verde's President Jorge Carlos Fonseca
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Cape Verde has denied saying that it would no longer vote against Israel at the United Nations, JNS.org reported on Wednesday.

Reports last week said the island country had made the announcement following a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Cape Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

Netanyahu welcomed the decision and said it “came about as a result of Israel's intensive diplomatic efforts in Africa.”

While Cape Verde acknowledged Tuesday its desire to strengthen diplomatic relations with Israel, it stated its warming ties with the Jewish state do not necessarily denote a change in the African country’s voting patterns at the UN and other international organizations.

“The Presidency of the republic regrets the way the news was delivered, based on a tweet published by the Prime Minister of Israel,” Fonseca wrote on his official Facebook page, according to JNS.org.

"Specific aspects of Cape Verdean diplomacy, such as voting processes in different international forums, as well as the mechanisms for their implementation, through representatives of Cape Verde, were not addressed, let alone discussed," he clarified.

The report noted that while Cape Verde has generally voted against Israel at the UN, but has also abstained or been absent from some major anti-Israel votes. These include the 2009 UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (also known as the Goldstone Report) and the 2011 UNESCO vote to accept the Palestinian Authority as a member state.

The UN and its various institutions are notorious for their anti-Israel bias, continuously singling out Israel for criticism, while ignoring other conflicts in the region, such as the ongoing bloody civil war in Syria.

The body's former Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, publicly admitted that the UN has an anti-Israel bias, but he chose to admit this in the final days of his term