Israel praises US for abstaining from UN human rights session on Gaza

Itamar Eichner| Latest Update:  03.23.15, 14:14 / Israel News
In first step of Obama administration's 'reassessment' of relations with Jerusalem, American delegation will not take floor at debate on human rights violations in Palestinian territories.
The United States will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, a US spokesman told Reuters. 

The step, which is unprecedented at the 47-member state forum where Washington unfailingly defends Israel, follows signals that the Obama administration is undertaking a "reassessment" of relations with the Jewish state. 

"The US delegation will not be speaking about Palestine today," a US spokesman in Geneva told Reuters in response to a query as the debate began. He declined further comment. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allies acknowledged on Sunday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed US President Barack Obama's unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding. 

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