Israeli regime’s mission at the UN said it had “decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council” after consulting its partners, without providing a reason for the decision.
However, a UN source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Tel Aviv had pulled out of the race for a Security Council seat in 2019- 20 because of its low chance of winning.
The 15-nation Security Council has five permanent members and 10 elected ones with two-year terms. Five of the non-permanent seats are up for grabs this year, and the UN General Assembly is due to vote next month to decide which countries get them.
Israel, Germany and Belgium were competing for two seats allocated to the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), one of the five regional blocs that run the UN.
Zionist regime dropped its candidacy for the UN Security Council seat amid strong opposition by Arab and Muslim states.
Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that a campaign to block Israel’s bid had been gaining support even among European countries.
“We are doing everything possible to convince as many countries as possible to block the vote on Zionist regime’s bid for a seat at the Security Council,” he said. “We need to secure the one-third vote necessary for a veto, and we believe we can, as Arab and Islamic states.”
Maliki also stressed that a regime “that violates international laws and conventions, that violates UN resolutions and principles, cannot sit down to dictate the fate of security and peace around the world.”