Countries Ineligible to Sit on the
|Andorra||Angola||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Botswana||Brazil|
|Brunei Darussalam||Bulgaria||Burkina Faso|
|Canada||Cape Verde||Central African Republic|
|Costa Rica||Cote d'Ivoire||Croatia|
|Democratic People's||Republic of Korea||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Palau||Panama||Papua New Guinea|
|Republic of Korea||Romania||Russian Federation|
|Rwanda||St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Samoa||San Marino||Sao Tome´ and Principe|
|South Africa||Spain||Sri Lanka|
|Tanzania||Thailand||The Former Yugoslav|
|Republic of Macedonia||Togo||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Uganda||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates|
|United Kingdom||United States||Uruguay|
Why is it that these seven nations, all cited by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism, are eligible to serve rotating terms on the Security Council, yet Israel, a democratic nation and member of the UN since May 11, 1949, is not?
To be eligible for election, a country must belong to a regional group. Every UN member statefrom the smallest to the largestis included in one of the five regional groups. By geography, Israel should be part of the Asian bloc but such countries as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have prevented its entry for decades.
As a temporary measure, Israel has sought acceptance in the West European and Others Group (WEOG), which includes not only the democracies of Western Europe but also Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States.
Here, too, despite the support of several countries, including the U.S., Israel still has not been admitted.
Thus, without membership in a regional group, Israel can never be elected to serve a term on the Security Council or, for that matter, to the other most important bodies of the UN system, such as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the World Court, UNICEF and the Commission on Human Rights.
The Charter of the United Nations proclaims "the equal rights...of nations large and small." But only Israel, among all the UN members, is denied the right to belong to any regional group.