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Who Should Replace the Saudis at the UN Security Council?

October 18th, 2013 - 11:50 pm

So perhaps, in the interest of integrity, Saudi Arabia would care to recommend as an alternate a country that has done more and sacrificed more for the cause of peace in the Middle East than all the other countries of the Middle East combined, as well as the UN itself. How about recommending that Israel, the only truly functional democracy in the Middle East, fill the vacant seat?

It is thanks to the Israelis that the world — including Saudi Arabia — has been spared a Syrian regime with a full-bore nuclear program; in 2007 the Israelis took upon themselves the risk of destroying the Assad regime’s nearly completed clandestine reactor, built with the help of North Korea. It was the Israelis who in 1981 destroyed Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor, quite likely sparing the world — including the Saudis — a nuclear-armed Iraq. In a neighborhood rife with hostile and terror-spawning despotisms, it is the Israelis who have tried over and over to walk a line toward peace — withdrawing from Lebanon in 2000, Gaza in 2005, and trying cope with a “Palestinian cause” that can be summed up by the PLO logo featured to this day on the web site of the Palestinian Authority’s Mission to the UN, depicting a map from which Israel has been erased. While Saudi Arabia boycotted the General Assembly annual opening debate last month, it was Israel whose leader squarely addressed a threat that also deeply worries the Saudis — the threat of a nuclear-weapons-seeking Iran.

There were reports earlier this month that Israel, which has never held a seat on the Security Council, will be campaigning for a seat for 2019-2020. If the Saudi aim is to pressure the UN Security Council toward dropping its double standards and stepping up as a genuine defender of international peace and security, surely the obvious candidate to fill that empty seat is Israel. Indeed, though the bigotry of the African and Asia-Pacific states means that Israel has been left to align itself with the voting bloc known as the “Western European and Others Group,” geographically Israel belongs to the “African and Asia-Pacific states” that combined to produce the slate on which Saudi Arabia ran for a seat.

Not that Saudi Arabia, or the UN General Assembly, is about to do anything of the kind for Israel. We live in the real world. Any prospect of Israel replacing Saudi Arabia in a Security Council seat these next two years would probably send the UN into terminal shock (which, in itself, might do wonders for world peace). But if anyone really cares about ending those double standards, reforming the UN and giving peace and security a chance, this is the obvious move.

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"Who Should Replace the Saudis at the UN Security Council?"

I don't care
44 weeks ago
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As I recall, when the "US, Europe, and Others" block finally agreed to accept Israel, it was with the stipulation that they could not sit on the security council, to my knowledge the only country denied that privilege.

Why don't we kick the UN out of the US? The only reason for the UN is to give cushy jobs in NYC to well-connected people from backward countries. Let's see how they like living in Geneva.
45 weeks ago
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When you have the POWER.....who cares???
45 weeks ago
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Move the UN to Saudi Arabia, fill it up with sharia nonsense.
45 weeks ago
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Take the hint. And defund the UN. Or better yet Repeal it as an idea that was unworkable with the varieties of cultural positionings in the world. Yes all people are alike and desire the same things, don't they. And the people in the UN and agencies like them know exactly how to get these same things.

With other people's money and immunity fromj other peoples' laws/ rules of spcial restraints. They call it "diplomatic iimmunity".
45 weeks ago
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While I agree with Ms Rossett that the UN is a failed organization full of hatred and double standards, I am opposed to Israel taking a greater role in the UN. I have wondered if Israel renounced membership in the UN, perhaps it would start a chain reaction in which other countries, including the US, left the UN
45 weeks ago
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"Behold a people that dwells alone, and among the peoples it is not considered" (uvagoyim lo yitchashav). So said (unwilliningly) the Gentile prophet Bil'iam, out to curse the Jews and forced by God to bless them.

I've often wondered what our flag is doing up there.
45 weeks ago
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"surely the obvious candidate to fill that empty seat is Israel. "

Suggesting to the U.N. that Israel should have a seat on the Security Council would be rather like yodeling Indian Love Call to a Martian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSbigjiKLoU


Not a bad idea, really. The mess would be pretty bad, but I think it would be worth it.


Maybe New York could recruit all those corner windshield washers to do the job.
45 weeks ago
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We could replace it with the Saiyans. And before anyone states they are fictional, I know, that's the point. I'm trying to imply that we should remove the UN from reality, in other words shut it down.
45 weeks ago
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The UN is removed from reality.
45 weeks ago
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#@


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Obama are on the same page and nobody cares?? So What!
45 weeks ago
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How about letting Al-Qaeda, take over the entire UN and move it to Pakistan
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