Ambassador Power Seeks Removal of Israel From Draft UN List of Children’s Rights Violators
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to remove Israel from the U.N.’s draft list of children’s rights violators, Foreign Policy magazine reported on Monday, citing officials familiar with confidential discussions between both parties.
The soon-to-be-released U.N. document lists government forces, rebel movements, and terrorist organizations accused of violating children’s rights in the midst of conflict.
During the compilation of the list, Human Rights Watch argued that both Israel and Hamas should be included following last summer’s conflict in Gaza.
Ilan Goldenberg, a former member of the Obama administration’s Middle East team, said the White House is now trying to act protective towards Israel in order to gain support in Congress for the controversial Iranian nuclear deal scheduled to be concluded at the end of this month.
“The target audience is Congress,” he said, according to Foreign Policy. “The Obama administration is not going to do anything to risk making members of Congress uncomfortable before a tough Iran vote.”