After a year and a half boycott, Israel is renewing its working relations with the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Israel would appear this week in Geneva at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the decision to end the boycott of the body following a recent meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Israel cut its ties with the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2012, after the council announced it would conduct an investigation into Israeli settlement activities in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem. The decision to cut ties was made by then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
At the time, Israel accused the council of having an anti-Israel bias, saying it disproportionately focused on Israel while ignoring grave human rights issues around the world.
In recent negotiations led by Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin and Israel's Ambassador to U.N. Institutions in Geneva Roni Leshno-Yaar, Israel demanded the annulment of a clause in the council's charter that stipulated that any session held by the body include a separate discussion on Israeli policies. Israel also sought membership in the council's regional body of Western nations. The full details have yet to be ironed out, but enough progress has been made to enable Israel to renew its working ties with the council.