The press communique said Israel had decided to postpone its non permanent seat in the UN Security Council after consultations with its partner countries. Israel will continue to work with its allies to ensure Israels full participation in the decision-making process of the United Nations. Israels withdrawal means that Belgium and Germany have no competitors, and they will be elected more than 2/3 of the vote when the UN General Assembly elects a non permanent member of the Council next month. There are 15 members of the UN Security Council, 5 of whom are permanent members, and the other 10 are non permanent members. The non permanent members are elected by the general assembly of the United Nations for a term of 2 years and renew 5 seats annually. The non permanent seats are allocated by the region, and the Western Europe and other regions of Belgium, Germany and Israel have two places, and the current non permanent member of the region, Holland and Sweden, will end the term at the end of this year. The 4 permanent representatives of Belgium and Germany to the United Nations participated in the debate on the non permanent seat of the Security Council in the afternoon. Israel did not take part in the debate.