The Arab league said that it plans to block a Security Council bid by Israel in 2018. Israel said in 2013 that it plans to run for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council for the first time ever for 2019-2020. Arab league Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said in a news conference after an Arab Foreign Ministers meeting that Arab states would exert all efforts to thwart the bid. Israel has occasionally held posts as vice president of the U.N. General Assembly but it has never been a member of the Security Council, the most powerful and prestigious body at the united nations with the authority to impose sanctions or Authorise the use of military force to enforce its decisions. Winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority in the 193-nation general assembly. Candidates are proposed by the five regional groups but election to the council is done by the full assembly.