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Despite opposition by anti-Israel elements, an Israeli woman was elected to a top UN space committee. 

An Israeli representative was elected to the bureau of the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on Tuesday following a vote in the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee.

This was the first time an Israeli was elected to the prestigious position.

Israel sees the nomination as a significant victory, defying efforts by Israel’s adversaries to thwart the representative’s election. The successful candidate, Keren Shahar, who serves as the Director of the Treaties Department in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had been selected by the Western European and Others (WEOG) regional group as their choice for the position.

After a vote was called, Canada, the United States and others led efforts to “ensure a fair and unbiased process in the Committee,” Israel’s mission to the UN reported after the victory.

Together with Israeli diplomatic efforts, this ensured that Israel succeeded in securing the necessary votes and the motion passed.

In addition to Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Indonesia were also elected to COPUOS.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon welcomed the results of the election. “We have proven once again that Israel can succeed in all roles as we spearhead positive new initiatives as an equal partner in the UN,” Danon stated,  vowing to “continue to stand strong against attempts to harm Israel in the international arena.”

COPUOS is charged by the UN with governing the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity, reviewing international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, encouraging space research, and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.

Israel joined the 84 member organization in 2015.

By: United with Israel Staff