Israel is seething with anger at the decision to invite the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O)?
Israel is seething with anger at the decision to invite the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O) to debate the Palestine question at the United Nations.
And the Israeli Government has said the move could wreck latest peace efforts.
However, Arab delegates to the U.N. are claiming a major political victory in the General Assembly's decision, which was carried on Monday night (14 October) by an overwhelming 105-4 vote, with 20 abstentions.
The 138-nation General Assembly is due to begin debating the Palestine question in the first week in November.
In his address to the General Assembly, Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah strongly attacked thee vote....
A text of part of his speech is as follows:
SYNOPSIS: Most of the twenty countries that abstained did so because they disapproved of the precedent-shattering decision to invite a non-governmental organisation to participate in plenary debate.
Up till now, such bodies have been relegated to subsidiary committees. The talks are due to start in November. Only the United states, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic joined Israel in the no-vote. A spokesman for the P.L.O. said afterwards that the United Nations decision would help his organisation gain support for its claim to its homeland.
Massive security precautions will have to be taken when Arab leaders arrive at the United Nations for the talks, as there are more Jews in New York than in the entire state of Israel.