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Israel joins UN vote calling on Russia to end military occupation of Ukraine


On 23 February, Israel joined 140 other UN member states voting in favor of a nonbinding resolution that calls for Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine and withdraw its forces.

"For the past year, Israel has stood alongside the people of Ukraine in solidarity both on the ground and here in the UN," Tel Aviv's UN envoy Gilad Erdan said following the vote.

The resolution, drafted by Ukraine in consultation with its western allies, passed 141-7, with 32 abstentions. Belarus, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, and Mali were the only member states to vote against the resolution.

Israel's condemnation of Russia's occupation of Ukrainian territory happened just one day after Israeli occupation troops murdered 11 Palestinians and injured over 100 in the West Bank city of Nablus and just hours after Israeli jets bombed a residential area in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this week, the US succeeded in stopping a vote at the UN Security Council against the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, with the help of the UAE and the Palestinian Authority.

In 2022 Israel was the target of more UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions than every other country combined.