Israel to run for UN Security Council seat for 2019-2020
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Israel said on Thursday it plans to run for a rotating seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the time ever for 2019-2020, although UN diplomats said it will not be easy for the Jewish state to win.
"We're going all out to win," Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor told Reuters. "It's about time."
Winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority in the 193-nation General Assembly. Candidates are proposed by the five regional groups but election to the council is done by the full assembly.
Mr Prosor said Israel will be vying against Germany and Belgium for two seats allotted to the "Western European and Others Group". Technically Israel should be a member of the Asia-Pacific Group along with the other states in the Middle East. But predominantly Muslim states blocked its admission to that group.