Report: Netanyahu Considering Severing Ties with UNHRC

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may sever Israel's ties with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after their inflammatory report over Israel's conduct during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, he said Monday. 

Netanyahu called the UNHRC "a hypocritical committee" during a closed session, according to Army Radio - prompting a response from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu). 

"As foreign minister, I canceled Israel's membership in the Human Rights Council," Liberman challenged. "Why did you change that decision?"

Netanyahu then responded that he will "consider whether to stay in or leave the Human Rights Council." 

The UNHRC is due to present its detailed findings on the summer war later Monday, prompting an alternative event to be held in Geneva in protest. 

Amidst the controversy, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Eviatar Manor, stated earlier Monday that a condemnation was inevitable. 

"Israel is the only country in the world that the Human Rights Council specifically focuses upon," he stated, on Army Radio's "What's the Rush" program. "We threw away the yellow star and burned it a long time ago."

"The Council is governed by a group of countries remote from human rights," he added. "We knew that the result would be to condemn Israel." 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197437

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