Face of the day

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Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon.

Today’s face of the day, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon, has made history.

An Israeli ambassador to the UN will head a UN committee for the first time since joining the organization in 1949, Danon was elected after a diplomatic campaign including opposition by Muslim member-states.

After months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic struggles, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was elected to head the UN Legal Committee (officially named the Sixth Committee) on Monday. The committee deals with sensitive topics including fighting global terrorism.

No country has more experience and expertise at fighting Islamic terrorism than Israel. No wonder the Muslim member states opposed Danon’s selection.

This is a historic event, as it marks the first time an Israeli representative will head a permanent UN committee since its induction into the organization in 1949

109 nations voted for Danon (the process only included votes cast for a candidate for the position, and did not include ‘nay’ votes). Palestinian representative Dr. Riyad H. Mansour worked to convince voting representatives to not support Danon until the last second. Iran’s delegation was also active in trying to stop the appointment, sending representatives a letter on the matter.
The Israeli victory came after a long, complex diplomatic struggle by Israeli representatives worldwide .Their main opponents were the Arab nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“I am proud to be the first Israeli elected to this position,” said Ambassador Danon, “Israel is a world leader in international law and in fighting terrorism. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our knowledge with the countries of the world.”

“We will not allow dictatorships and anti-Israel countries to harm our standing in the international community. Those who tried to block our appointment would be well advised to take note of the jurisdiction of this committee, as they have much to learn about international law,” he continued, “We are a full member of the UN and any attempt to deny us of our legal rights in this organization will be met with uncompromising rejection.”

Ambassador Danon’s candidacy received widespread backing from many member-states, led by the United States and the Europeans.

Isn’t it funny how much difference it makes when the United States and the European countries have had their own bitter taste of Islamic terrorism. How many cared when it was Israel battling Islamic terrorism alone? Islamic terrorism has become the world’s problem and, as we have repeatedly said on this blog, Israel is the country that everyone will turn to once the problem becomes personal. The worm is definitely turning and hopefully this appointment is a signal to the Muslim world that even their sock puppet, the UN, will be taking Islamic terrorism seriously from now on. Then again, as we know from a previous post, the UN has a history of kowtowing to threats from wealthy Muslim donor countries.

 

 


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  • localnews

    Can we confirm that New Zealand voted for him?
    I hope so

    • Isherman

      Effectively yes. The only challenges to his nomination were from the Arab Group and the Non-Aligned Movement prior to the calling for a vote, and there is no reason we would have voted any differently from our group given it was an unchallenged nomination.

  • Isherman

    Israel has been since 2013 a permanent member of the Wetern European and Others Group, after a stint as a temporary member commencing in 2000. It’s worth noting that New Zealand and Australia are also in this group. The committee chairs are allocated on a rotational basis and are usually confirmed without a vote, however in this case Yemen initiated the challenge on behalf of the Arab Group and asked for a vote, which is held as a secret ballot, and is open to all 193 member nations, and it was via the result of this secret ballot that his nomination was confirmed. So while the vote was secret, we can assume safely enough that as a part of the WE & O group, NZ has voted in line with the group. I wonder how Murray feels about that?

  • Huia

    Well done to that Israeli man but I wonder how safe his life is before he meets an unfortunate accident !
    He represents a Nation who have had to fight the Muslim movement for so very long, I can only see the Arabs uniting against him because of who he is, whether he can do the job or not is incidental unfortunately.
    I too hope NZ voted for him.

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