Germany reportedly has told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Israel faces “serious consequences” if it does not restore its former relationship with the U.N. Human Rights Council. Avigdor Lieberman, who was Foreign Minister last year, cut Israel’s ties with the panel after it announced it was going to investigate the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The Haaretz newspaper, whose reports sometimes are not exact, reported that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle sent the warning in a letter on Friday.

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It allegedly noted that the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review requires all members of the United Nations to participate. He warned that Israel’s lack of cooperation would make it diplomatically isolated.

Israel has made moves in the past several weeks to resume ties with the Council but, according to Haaretz, has demanded that the Council stop automatically making human rights in Israel an issue for discussion at every meeting.

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  1. The UN human rights apparatus is usually headed by the leading human rights abusers. Israel should continue to do it’s best to ignore the UN. Whose diplomats are assisting Israel anyway? Other than Canada, I can’t think of anyone, not even the U.S.

  2. Israel should tell Germany that their time and efforts would be better spent telling the UNHRC to focus on REAL human rights abusers, and not Israel, and if the UNHRC would do that, then maybe Israel would consider re-joining. That's what a real ally of Israel would do. Failing that, Israel should tell Germany and anyone else giving them similar grief to bugger off.

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