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“Israel has nothing to look for at the UN Human Rights Council,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted Saturday, after the Council in Geneva issued five anti-Israel resolutions, two against Syria and one each against Iran and North Korea.

“In the past, when I was foreign minister, I promoted a decision to leave the Council, but unfortunately, when I left, we went back there. The fact that we are sitting there gives legitimacy to the anti-Semitic decisions and this farce must end.”


Prime Minister Netanyahu was more amused than angry in his response tweet: “Yet more decisions cut off from reality, issued by the Circus of the absurd called the Human Rights Council. The time has come to change its name to the Council for Decisions against the Only Democracy in the Middle East.”

The United States condemned the Council’s unfair treatment of Israel, and Ambassador 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.” She complained that many countries agree that the council’s agenda “is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it.” She said that, “when that happens, as it did today, the council fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world.”

“Our patience is not unlimited,” Haley warned, noting that “today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights.”

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi was beside herself and issued a statement saying, “On behalf of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people and leadership, we extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the UNHRC who chose to stand on the side of peace and justice.”

So it wasn’t all a loss…