U.S. ambassador to UN says ‘huge part’ of her work is defending Israel

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How reassuring it is that the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations spends a lot of her time defending Israel.

The JTA reports:

Susan Rice said a major part of her work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is defending Israel’s legitimacy.

“It’s a huge part of my work to the United Nations,” Rice said Sunday evening, launching this year’s Consultation on Conscience, an event in Washington for Reform movement social activists organized by the Religious Action Center.

She likened the volume of work to her efforts to coordinate Syria’s isolation and contain violence and abuses in Sudan.

Rice said she often works in “lockstep” with the Israeli delegation.

“We will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel’s security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations,” she said.

Rice said Israel’s success at the United Nations often is not reported — for instance in joining the boards of the U.N. Development Program and UNICEF, and in advancing development initiatives.

One thing to note, as Rice does, is that Israel does cooperate at times with the UN–not that that always turns out to be a good thing. Who could forget the Orwellian press conference on UNICEF’s damning report Children in Israeli Military Detention where reporters couldn’t film or quote officials? Where UNICEF’s Jerusalem chief Jean Gough publicly thanked Israel for trying children under a separate and unequal apartheid legal system?

And perhaps there’s a good reason why Israel’s “success” at the United Nations is often not reported: it doesn’t spell success for the rest of us. Instead of working in “lockstep” with Israel’s delegation at the UN to defend the indefensible, the US should be concerned with its own legitimacy–because Israel’s is in the gutter.

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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