NEW YORK – The United Nations General Assembly voted Friday in favor of an Israeli proposal to disseminate agricultural and farming technology to developing African nations, despite opposition articulated by Arab nations who abstained from voting on the measure.
Arab nations led 35 nations in abstaining from the vote, while 133 states voted in favor of the proposal.Arab nations would be among those benefiting from the proposal, but abstained for political reasons. Representatives from Arab nations claimed Israel’s proposal exploited the developing world for political gain.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor applauded the UN’s support for the Israeli proposal, saying nations opposing the measure on political grounds were supporting rhetoric rather than innovation.
The measure also aims to increase women’s access to agricultural technology know-how. Israel proposed the measure first in 2007, and it has been resubmitted and voted upon each year since.