Shapiro: Israel’s decision to cut HRC ties ‘understandable’

US ambassador to Israel says Human Rights Council obsessively focuses on Israel instead of other critical issues in Syria, Iran

United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said Monday that he understands Israel’s decision to sever its ties with the UN Human Rights Council, following its decision to probe its settlements policies.

During a meeting with students at Tel Aviv University, Shapiro said that the Council “obsessively focuses” on Israel, while neglecting other human rights issues that are far more important and urgent.

The ambassador explained that the United States continues to sit at the Council in order to try shift the focus away on Israel and put it where it belongs, in Syria or Iran.

Shapiro also noted that the United States was the only member to vote against setting up the commission of inquiry, against ten European countries.

The Human Rights Council decided last week to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the Jewish settlements infringe on Palestinians’ rights.

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By Shiri Hadar