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US: UN 'is intrinsically biased against Israel'

US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Headquarters in New York on 1 March 2021. [TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]
US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Headquarters in New York on 1 March 2021 [TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]

During a UN Security Council meeting held to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict yesterday, the US accused the UN and its Security Council of being "intrinsically biased against Israel."

Addressing the meeting, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: "Israelis also shared with me their concern that the United Nations is intrinsically biased against Israel."

She added: "They [Israelis] interpret the overwhelming focus on Israel in this body [Security Council] as a denial of Israel's right to exist and an unfair focus on this one country – and they are correct."

Thomas-Greenfield continued: "The Security Council's monthly meetings on the situation in the Middle East that focus almost exclusively on Israel are seen by Israelis as another example of this [bias]."

According to the US envoy, "this Council's attention should reflect all areas that threaten international peace and security, and we should have open meetings on Lebanon and meet on Iran more regularly. Israel does not define the Middle East."

Thomas-Greenfield spoke about her visit to the region and said: "I saw firsthand how serious the security situation is for Israel," claiming "it is subjected to regular attacks by terrorist organisations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, both of whom are funded by Iran."

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