Cape Verde pledges not to vote against Israel at UN

Cape Verde generally has voted against Israel at the UN, though at times it has abstained or absented itself from votes on Israel-related issues.

August 2, 2017 22:12
1 minute read.
Cape Verde Flag

Cape Verde Flag 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The island state of Cape Verde off the west coast of Africa announced on Wednesday it will no longer vote against Israel at the UN, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday night.

According to a statement put out by the Prime Minister’s Office, Cape Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca directed the country’s UN delegation in New York to no longer vote against Israel at the world body.

According to the statement, the decision comes following a meeting Netanyahu had two months ago with Fonseca on the sidelines of the Economic Community of West African States conference in Liberia. Cape Verde is a country with a population of just over a half-million people.

Netanyahu issued a statement saying he welcomed Cape Verde’s decision, and that it is “the result of Israel’s intensive diplomatic activities in Africa.”

Cape Verde generally has voted against Israel at the UN, though at times it has abstained or absented itself from votes on Israel-related issues. For instance, it was not present in the General Assembly vote in 2009 accepting the Goldstone Report which accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead; it abstained in the UNESCO vote in 2011 to accept the Palestinians as a member state; and it voted against Israel in 2012 when it voted in favor of granting the Palestinians the status of a nonmember observer state in the UN.

Netanyahu has traveled twice to Africa since July 2016, and is scheduled to go to Togo in October for an Africa-Israel summit expected to attract the heads of state of between 20 and 30 African countries, including Fonseca.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Yair Kravits (3) and Deni Avdija celebrate during last night’s victory over Montenegro.
July 17, 2019
Israel cruises into Under-20 quarterfinals


Cookie Settings