While the UN continues to focus its condemnations against the Jewish state at a disproportionate ratio, according to Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor the Middle East is changing, and that will work to Israel's advantage at the UN.
Speaking on Tuesday at the final day of the Herzliya Conference, Prosor said the incessant invective directed against Israel at the UN is nothing less than "daily terror."
"No matter what your political views, there is a process of demonization and delegitimization that exists at the UN," he said.
However, Prosor argued that with Iran pushing to expand its regional influence and obtain nuclear power, along with the threat of an unstable Syria in which Islamic State (ISIS) is running amok, several states at the UN are changing their tune.
"Saudi Arabia's interests, right now, overlap with the interests of the state of Israel," argued Prosor. "There is a rope around the neck of Saudi Arabia and others, and it's not connected to the Palestinian issue. We need to take advantage of it for our own purposes."
Another force of change at the UN is seen in the form of Israeli innovations, particularly those used to advance developing countries.
Prosor noted that "there is a curve of supply and demand at the UN, just like in economics. There is a demand for demonizing Israel, but there is also a demand for Israeli know-how, and we have the supply."
This aspect of development can be a practical way of gaining support, Prosor explained, recalling how one resolution for Israel eventually passed with a large majority, after which a delegate stood up and said that while he had "much to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Israel's humanitarian development work in African was worthy of commendation.
Obama threat? "US shoulder to shoulder with Israel"
Turning his attention to the recently tense relations between Israel and America – relations that have been particularly taut after US President Barack Obama told Israeli media this month he may cut support for Israel at the UN – Prosor maintained that the alliance continues to be strong.
"The Americans are on the front line with us every day at the UN. They are standing shoulder to shoulder (with us) on a daily basis," he reported.
Speaking at the conference after Prosor was Prof. Stephen Krasner, former Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department.
Krasner said support for Israel is "fraying at the edges," noting how anti-Israel sentiment is growing on US college campuses.
He claimed the situation would be improved by Israel making a "peace deal" proposal to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that would include Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and the rejection of the "right of return" for the nearly 5 million descendants of Arab residents who left Israel in the 1948 War of Independence.
In the last round of peace talks, the PA adamantly rejected both recognizing Israel's existence as a Jewish state or shelving the demand to have "Palestinian refugees" inundate Israel.
Recognizing the state of affairs, Krasner acknowledged, "it is unlikely any Palestinian leadership would accept this agreement, but some set of proposals for a negotiated proposal would provide some initiative as opposed to ignoring what's happening 'out there.'"