Israeli leaders have reacted to yesterday’s historic decision by the United States to quit the United Nations human rights council after years of persistent anti-Israel bias.

The decision, announced by United States’ permanent representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley, has shocked the institution to its core, but Israeli leaders are defiant and proud of the backbone shown by the Trump administration in refusing to take part in an institution which vehemently attacks Israel, and excuses, ignores and justifies violence against Israel.

Haley’s words, blasting the international body for failing to address “massive abuses in Venezuela and Iran,” while having a “chronic bias against Israel”, were well received in Israel.

The first to welcome the decision was Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon. Unequivocally condemning the Human Rights Council as “the foe of those who truly care about human rights”, Danon heaped praise the president, secretary of state and United Nations ambassador of the United Nations for their “commitment to truth and justice”.

 

The decision resonated deeply with other Israeli leaders. After Haley announced that the UN “attacks countries that uphold human rights and shields countries that abuse human rights, America should not provide it any credibility”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a chorus of approval and released a series of tweets:

Netanyahu was joined by fellow Likud member Gilad Erdan, who called for a “thorough reform” of the dysfunctional international body. Erdan heads the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which is dedicated to fighting BDS and promoting links with Israel and the world.

Hot on their heels, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid issued his own tweet this morning to thank the United States for standing with Israel. Dubbing the institution the “UN terrorist rights council”, he bemoaned the fact that it has become fundamentally antisemitic. Lapid is regarded by many as Netanyahu’s most serious deomestic political rival, with his party consistently closest to Likud in polls.