Netanyahu Asks Kazakhstan For Help Joining UN Security Council

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) inspect honour guards during their meeting in Astana on December 14, 2016. Netanyahu is on an official visit to Kazakhstan. / AFP / ILYAS OMAROV (Photo credit should read ILYAS OMAROV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a state visit to Kazakhstan on Wednesday asked President Nursultan Nazarbayev for assistance in getting Israel accepted as a rotating member of the 15-member UN Security Council.

“We helped you get accepted as a member of the Security Council and now we are asking you to help us be a member of the council, as well,” Netanyahu said at a joint press conference at the presidential palace in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

The council is composed of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. Kazakhstan will begin its term in January.

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