Daniel Ayalon is Israel's deputy minister
of foreign affairs.
The recent unrest in parts of the Arab
world has not only exposed the appalling lack of development in these
countries, but also a number of fundamental deficiencies in the international system. The United Nations, which began its life
with a plurality of democratic nations, now allows for an automatic majority of
nondemocratic nations. The international system dictates that Arab and Islamic
nations, and their knee-jerk defenders, have a majority in almost all of its
bodies. This is amply demonstrated by the disproportionate amount of time spent
If there were ever an example of the
inmates running the asylum, it is the U.N. Human Rights Council. This body has
whitewashed the human rights record of some of the world's most repressive
regimes, while also providing them with a forum to ruminate on and condemn the
actions of a free and open nation, Israel.
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