The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday praised Israel’s inclusion into the United Nation’s Western Eastern and Others Group in Geneva, a move that grants it national rights at the UN’s Human Rights Council.

“This action removes a significant hurdle to Israel’s full participation in UN activity in Geneva,” the group’s executive director, Abe Foxman, said in a statement. “The UN is now closer to the spirit of its charter that calls for the equality of all its member states.”

“Israel still faces an entrenched, institutionalized, anti-Israel infrastructure at the UN and anti-Israel resolutions in the General Assembly and Human Rights Council sail through,” Foxman said. “But with the new status in WEOG, Israel can finally participate and exercise its full and equal status in these international bodies.”

Foxman hailed the efforts of the White House and State Department, singling out Washington’s envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, and the late ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

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