Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rice: Israel’s legitimacy ‘beyond dispute'

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By Jordana Horn -- Jerusalem Post

Envoy to UN says US will continue "frontal opposition" to attempts to "chip away at Israel's legitimacy."

NEW YORK - In an address given at the World Affairs Council in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice pledged American loyalty to Israel at the UN, saying that "efforts to chip away at Israel's legitimacy will continue to be met by the frontal opposition of the United States."

"Many others lament that the UN is too focused on singling out Israel," Rice said. "On that, they're right. UN members devote disproportionate attention to Israel and consistently adopt biased resolutions, which too often divert attention from the world's most egregious human rights abuses."

Rice works at her job, she said, to "ensure that Israel's legitimacy is beyond dispute and its security is never in doubt."

Rice said the United States has been "blunt about the deep flaws of the Goldstone Report and the Human Rights Council's inquiry into the tragic flotilla episode."

"We'll keep fighting to ensure that Israel has the same rights and responsibilities as all states - including membership in all appropriate regional groupings at the UN."