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The Daily TIP: United Kingdom, United States Lash Out at UN's Anti-Israel Bias

Posted by Tip Staff - March 27, 2018

United Kingdom, United States Lash Out at UN's Anti-Israel Bias
Former FM Livni: Israel Should be Led by “Untarnished” People
One Person Killed as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missiles Fired by Iranian-Backed Yemeni Rebels
WATCH: Israeli Eurovision Entry "Toy," That Has Gone Viral


United Kingdom, United States Lash Out at UN's Anti-Israel Bias

Following the passage of five resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning Israel, both the United States and United Kingdom lashed out at the council for its anti-Israel bias, The Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

The anti-Israel resolutions were introduced by the nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and passed by the 47-member council. The resolutions were passed as part of Agenda Item 7, which requires votes on Israel every time the council meets. Israel is the only country subject to such scrutiny by the council. .

In voting against two of the resolutions, the UK delegation said that "little has changed” since it criticized the council's focus on Israel last year. The delegation charged that the effectiveness of the resolutions over Israel was “repeatedly undermined” because they were presented under Agenda Item 7 and said that this process “cannot continue." .

Noting that the five resolutions passed against Israel were more than those passed against Iran, Syria and North Korea combined, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, "When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name. It is time for the countries who know better to demand changes. Many countries agree that the Council’s agenda is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it." .

The U.S. and Australia voted against all five resolutions.



Former FM Livni: Israel Should be Led by “Untarnished” People

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni said on Saturday that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was “unfit” to return to political life due to his conviction for corruption and observed that Israel must be led by “untarnished people.”

The Times of Israel reported that Livni made the comments in an interview with Hadashot television news and clarified that Olmert should not return to public life, even if Israeli President Reuven Rivlin were to erase the “moral turpitude” clause from Olmert’s conviction, a designation that prohibits convicts from holding public office.

“He was a prime minister who did good things as well as problematic things, including criminal things,” Livni, who served as foreign minister under Olmert’s government, said. “The debate on the future of the State of Israel must be waged between untarnished people.”

On Friday, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to resign, if he is indicted over corruption charges. “If a trial begins against the prime minister, he will no longer be able to fulfill his duties,” the minister said, adding that “He will get up and leave or the other parties will go away.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also raised doubts last month over Netanyahu’s ability to serve as prime minister in the event of an indictment, referencing Netanyahu’s calls to oust Olmert at the time of his corruption trail. “In the past, many senior politicians expressed their views clearly on what happens when there is an indictment, and my opinion was certainly influenced by them,” Rivlin stated.

Netanyahu is currently under several police investigations revolving around bribery allegations. The prime minister has rejected any wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a “witch-hunt.”

Olmert is not the first politician to be convicted of corruption in Israel, and thus his case continues to highlight the strong judiciary and rule of law in Israel.



One Person Killed as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missiles Fired by Iranian-Backed Yemeni Rebels

Yemen’s Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels fired a barrage of seven ballistic missiles targeting Saudi Arabia late Sunday on the third anniversary of the war in Yemen, with fragments of one missile over Riyadh killing one person and wounding two, The Times of Israel reported.

Saudi air defense destroyed three of the missiles over north-eastern Riyadh shortly before midnight, with debris killing a man in what was the first death in the capital during the conflict. Other missiles were fired at the southern cities of Najran, Jizan and Khamis Mushait.

The attack marked the third time in five months that missiles from Yemen reached Saudi Arabia, as the Houthis step up efforts to demonstrate they can reach Saudi territory, including Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport.

The latest escalation will likely spark new criticism of Iran’s role in the conflict, as the Houthis identified some of the missiles used as a type that the United States and the United Nations say comes from Tehran.

With language in the United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the nuclear deal, watering down the prohibition for Iran to develop ballistic missiles, Iran has tested at least 23 such missiles and continues to export them. Last year the United Kingdom, France, and Germany sent a letter along with the United States to UN Secretary General António Guterres charging that Iran has violated 2231 by launching a satellite on an advanced missile. Earlier this year, Germany and France demanded that Iran end its ballistic missile program.



WATCH: Israeli Eurovision Entry "Toy," That Has Gone Viral

With less than two months until the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Lisbon, Israel’s entry to the competition has already captured the attention of music-lovers around the world.

With less than two months until the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Lisbon, Israel’s entry to the competition has already captured the attention of music-lovers around the world.

Toy,” sung by Netta Barzilai and co-written by Doron Medalie, is quickly rising to the top of the Eurovision betting charts. If chosen as the winner in May, it will be the first time Israel has won the competition in 20 years.

“I knew we were making something unique and different, but never in a million years did I think the song and the video clip would get such a strong positive response,” Barzilai said in an interview with Wiwibloggs, an independent site dedicated to Eurovision news.

Since its release last week, the quirky, catchy song has received praise from countries across the globe, even some unlikely ones. When Israel’s Foreign Ministry shared a video of Barzilai performing “Toy” on its Arabic-language Facebook page, it got surprisingly positive responses.

Fans from Morocco, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia posted comments expressing their support for the song and praising its message. One user called the song “wonderful,” saying it mixes Arabic, Western and European music.

Earlier this week, the Ugandan dance group Spoon Youth posted a choreographed dance to “Toy” on its Facebook page. The video quickly went viral and spread across Barzilai’s fan base in Israel as well as fans of Eurovision. “For us the song already won!” the group wrote on its video.

(via Israel21c)


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