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Susan Rice: Israel treated unfairly at UN

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Susan Rice said Israel is treated unfairly at the United Nations.

Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Commitee that "many try to use the U.N. to willfully and unfairly condemn our ally Israel."

She said that such "flaws and disappointing actions within the U.N. are rooted in its potential to serve as an engine for progress."

"When effective and principled U.N. action is blocked, our frustration naturally grows, but that should only cause us to redouble our efforts to ensure that the United Nations lives up to its founding principles."

Later in the hearing, Rice expressed support for a "durable cease-fire" in Gaza that "has to entail the halt to Hamas rockets against Israel and the Israeli people," according to The New York Times.

She added that once the fighting ends, "We need to mount a swift and robust effort to attend to the dire humanitarian needs inside Gaza."

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