The Trump administration is considering pulling the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in protest of its blatant and incessant anti-Israel bias, Politico reported on Saturday. Israeli politicians welcomed the report.
The administration sees the Council as inherently anti-Israel, a common US criticism against an international body which, as of an April 2015 report, had condemned Israel more than every other country in the world combined. The Council consistently continues to abuse the Middle East’s lone democracy and to stay silent on the horrific human rights abuses of neighboring Arab states.
When the UNHRC was founded in 2006, the administration of then-President George W. Bush refused to seek a seat on the Council on the basis of its “singular focus” on Israel. In 2008, the US withdrew entirely. However, under former President Barack Obama, the US reversed its position and joined the UN body with the justification that change could be made from within.
The UNHRC’s virulent antagonism to Israel did not cease during Obama’s presidency.
The international body has condemned Israel more than every other country in the world combined…