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Israel and the United Nations

Despite, or perhaps because of, the pivotal role the United Nations played in the creation of Israel, the relationship between the two has often been fraught. The Human Rights Council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country combined, and the General Assembly is unabashed in its support for the Palestinian cause, going so far as to celebrate an "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" each November. In 1975, the GA famously passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism, though this was revoked in 1991.

After more than four decades of exclusion from a "regional group," Israel was formally invited to join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the UN headquarters in New York. Without membership in one of the regional groups, Israel was denied participation in the Security Council as well as many other activities. Based on its location, Israel should be part of the Asia regional group, but resistance from Iran and the Arab states, even in the era of the peace process, prevented its membership. Until Israel joined WEOG, it was the only long-standing member state of the United Nations never to have been admitted to a regional bloc, and, therefore, the only one of 185 countries not permitted to serve on the UN Security Council. Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria - all sponsors of terrorism according to the State Department - are eligible to sit on the Security Council.

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