A US exit from the council would be aimed at pressuring the council to reconsider its position and would be greeted by Israel's rightwing government.
On Thursday, Israel's Army Radio published a transcript of a closed-door Likud ministerial meeting that was held after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's February 14 meeting with President Donald Trump. In the recording, the Israeli leader indicated that he floated the idea of the US leaving the UNHRC with US officials.
"During the trip I raised the question of whether the United States should remain in the Human Rights Council," Army Radio quoted Netanyahu as saying.
When Likud MK Anat Berko suggested that it may be more useful for the US to remain in the body, Army radio quoted Netanyahu as saying, "It's better to leave! These organisation must be delegitimised".
|A US exit from the council would be aimed at pressuring the council to reconsider its position and would be greeted by Israel's rightwing government.|
The Obama administration, which was heavily criticised by Israel's government for allegedly failing to provide support, stated its intention to boycott the list. The government of his predecessor, George W. Bush, boycotted the UNHRC altogether.
Since the creation of the the UNHRC in 2016, Israel has been on the receiving end of over 50 percent of resolutions criticising countries.
The UN body, however, is not the only international body that has recently criticised Israel for its continued settlement activity.
In a similar move, the EU recently published guidelines on labelling products coming out of the illegal Israeli settlements, much to the dismay of Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu who feared it may lead to effective boycotting.
Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed Jerusalem, in a move considered illegal under international law.
Since the occupation, over 400,000 Jewish settlers moved into illegal settlements protected by the Israeli forces across the West Bank where 2.5 million Palestinians live.
Israeli forces destroyed at least 450 Palestinian homes since the start of 2016 as the Zionist state continues to build illegal settlements despite international condemnation.