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Israel’s New Peace Deals Could Neuter Decades of UN Animosity

September 22, 2020

Tuesday marks the first day of high-level presentations at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, which provides an opportunity to look back at the challenging relationship that Israel has had with members of the international body.  

While the UN did vote for the establishment of a Jewish State in what was then Mandatory Palestine in November 1947, the subsequent struggle for acceptance has endured.  Israel applied for UN membership on May 15, 1948, one day after the declaration of its independence. The UN Security Council did not even bother to review the application.

Israel applied a second time and on December 17, 1948 the Security Council rejected the request. Finally, on March 4, 1949 the Security Council voted to accept Israel as a member of the UN. On May 11, 1949 the General Assembly formally admitted Israel by a vote of 37 in favor, 12 against, with 9 abstentions.  

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