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Saudi Arabia has made a bold move that may encourage other countries – it refused a seat in the U.N. security council. As I wrote here many times, the U.N. is a useless, money-consuming organization. Saudi Arabia came to the same conclusion.

The Saudi announcement came just one day after being elected to the body for two years. In an unprecedented decision, the Kingdom announced that it refuses to take one of the Council’s 10 non-permanent seats, in protest at its failure to respond decisively to conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.

Aside from Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China which occupy the five permanent seats, other nations normally use elbows to win election to the Council for a two-year, non-permanent term, in the belief that membership in the club affords them prestige and a larger voice on the world stage, if only fleetingly.

iHLS – Israel Homeland Security

Saudi Arabia was one of five countries picked to join the body on Thursday. After the vote Saudi Arabia’s U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said his government took it “very seriously” and saw it as “a reflection of a longstanding policy in support of moderation and in support of resolving disputes in peaceful means.”

A statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry on Friday excoriated the Council for failing on multiple fronts, not just with the Syrian conflict but also in resolving Israeli-Palestinian tensions and ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction. It therefore would not be taking the seat, it said.

So Saudi Arabia made the move that other countries, including Israel hesitate to make. They know that the organization is useless but choose the spend the money involved in the membership.

The U.N. will go through the motions of cleaning Syria from chemical weapons, but every junior spy will tell you that this is a show performed by Damascus for the eyes of the observers.