US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday welcomed Israel's invitation to join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in Geneva - a move that grants it national rights at the UN Human Rights Council.
"Israeli membership in the WEOG in Geneva is overdue, and we welcome the decision to invite Israel to join beginning January 1, 2014," Kerry stated.
He added: "It goes without saying that at a time when the scourge of global anti-Semitism is on the rise, it is more important than ever for Israel to have a strong voice that can be heard everywhere. This is a particularly welcome development as we work to end anti-Israel bias in the UN system. We will continue to speak out for our close ally, Israel, and we will continue to support efforts to normalize Israel’s treatment across the UN system as a full and equal member of the community of nations."