Germany cautioned Israel Sunday that diplomatic ties could be damaged if the Jewish state failed to attend a periodic UN human rights review on Tuesday, according to AFP’s sources.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that, “On Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle sent a personal letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that Israel’s failure to attend the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review would cause the country severe diplomatic damage and Israel’s allies around the world would be hard-pressed to help it.”
Israel has previously “cut all ties” with the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council who conducts the periodic review in March 2012. The decision to cut ties followed the council’s announcement that it was planning to investigate how Israeli settlements may “infringe” on the rights of Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office had no…
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