WORLD - 3 UNHCR Members Don’t Recognize Israel

Arno Froese

Fourteen new countries were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, including three that do not recognize the State of Israel. Those three are Algeria, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

None of the countries elected have an overwhelmingly positive record with regard to supporting Israel at the UN, a body that has passed more resolutions against the Jewish state than against any other country. South Africa, which has relations with Israel, has a particularly negative record.

Prior to the vote, the non-governmental group UN Watch had raised concerns about Algeria, Sudan and Vietnam. It noted that these countries were deemed “unqualified” due to their own human rights records as well as their voting records on UN resolutions concerning human rights.

Out of that list, only the Marshall Islands had a positive voting record on Israel. The United States, which is a strong supporter of Israel, has a seat on the council through the end of 2024., 11 October 2022

Arno's Commentary

From an intellectual perspective and considering geopolitical realities, there is little to no reason for nations to oppose Israel. Countries with good and positive relations with the Jewish State are quite often more successful politically and economically.

Almost 3,500 years ago, it was the Gentile prophet Balaam who made this remarkable statement: “For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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