“Once again, an immoral automatic majority at the Council whitewashes a genocidal terrorist organization that deliberately targets Israeli civilians while turning Gaza’s civilians into human shields,” said PM Binyamin Netanyahu in response to the UN Human Right Council’s “blatant anti-Israel obsession” in setting up its first ever permanent fact-finding probe against Israel. The Council decision called for an arms embargo against the Jewish State for alleged war crimes during the Gaza war and also on the West Bank and in Jerusalem.
Carried by a slim majority, the motion was opposed by Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshall Islands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Another 14 countries abstained: Bahamas, Brazil, Denmark, Fiji, France, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Togo, and Ukraine.
The United States denigrated the UNHRC decision as “imperiling the progress that has been made [in Gaza] in recent weeks… We will continue to advocate for Israel to be treated fairly in the Human Rights Council.” Germany took issue with an “indefinite” commission of inquiry that would “far exceed” any past fact-finding probes.