Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. (AP/Dan Balilty) (AP/Dan Balilty)
Danny Danon

“Israel is ready and able to serve in significant positions in the UN and the attempts to block this progress will not succeed,” Ambassador Danon stated.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was elected Wednesday as vice-president of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

During his term, Ambassador Danon will chair meetings of the General Assembly, take part in setting the agenda of the GA and oversee the rules and decorum during the sessions.

“It is an honor to represent the State of Israel in this leadership position at the United Nations,” Danon stated.

“We have proven once again that Israel is ready and able to serve in significant positions in the UN and the attempts to block this progress will not succeed,” he added, apparently referring to the blatant anti-Israel bias at the world body.

Danon was elected to the position as a representative of the Western European and Others (WEOG) regional group and will begin his term with the opening of the new General Assembly session in September.

In May 2016, Danon became the first Israeli to chair a permanent committee of UN when he was elected by 109 member-states to chair the Sixth (Legal) Committee.

Ron Prosor, Dan Gillerman and the late Abba Eban, previous Israeli envoys to the US, also held the position of General Assembly vice president.

By: United with Israel Staff