WASHINGTON — Israel is planning to run for a rotating seat position on the United Nations Security Council for 2019-2020 year.
Reuters reported that United Nations diplomats said it will be an uphill battle, which is what Israeli officials and the Israeli people are familiar with in their dealings with the international body.
The country’s U.N. ambassador Ron Prosor said that “We’re going all out to win” because “it’s about time.”
To win a rotating Security Council seat, the 193-nation General Assembly must vote in their favor with a 2/3 majority. The five regional groups within the assembly propose candidates and then the assembly picks and chooses who will be on the council. Israel will be running against Germany and Belgium for a spot from the “Western European and Others Group.”
Israel was blocked from the Asia-Pacific Group by Muslim countries. It was admitted to the current group in 2000 and whose membership in the group was permanently renewed in 2004.
Israel had held a post of vice president of the U.N. General Assembly but has never been a rotating member of the Security Council.