Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to establish a $50m fund to buy votes in the United Nations.
According to reports, the move is a result of the recent UN General Assembly vote to reject the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. With 35 abstentions and 128 states voted in favour of the motion authored by Turkey and Yemen. Only 8 states, including the US, supported Israel.
The Times of Israel says that the fund is going to use Israeli expertise in agriculture, leadership development, and technology to support development in poorer countries and get the country diplomatic backing. The fund will reportedly operate in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.
However, it’s clear that this is just an attempt to pay money for votes in the UN.