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June 17, 2016  RSS feed
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For first time, Israeli voted head of U.N. permanent committee

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations was elected chairman of the U.N. Legal Committee – the first time an Israeli has been chosen to head a permanent committee of the world body.

Danny Danon received 109 out of 175 votes in the General Assembly on June 13 to head what is also known as the Sixth Committee, which deals with issues in international law, including global terrorism. Danon reportedly was chosen after months of diplomatic wrangling. He said in a Facebook post that Iran, the Palestinians and other nations tried to stop the appointment.

He thanked the countries that “stood beside Israel” in the historic appointment.

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