J'lem to vie for 2019 UNSC seat despite Berlin bid

May 20, 2013 00:50

Israel will go ahead with its candidacy for an unprecedented seat on the UN Security Council in 2019 despite Germany’s determination to run against it, diplomatic officials told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni brought up in separate meetings on Friday with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle the announcement by Berlin that it will seek a seat on the council in 2019, badly weakening Israel’s chances to win a first-ever seat on the Security Council.

Westerwelle’s response, according to diplomatic officials, “did not leave us optimistic.”

According to the officials, Westerwelle said that Germany would be glad to support an Israeli bid to sit on the council if there was a chance that it could garner the 128 seats in the General Assembly necessary to win a seat. But since Berlin considered those chances slim, it decided to put forward its candidacy.

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