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    Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Chaim Herzog, claimed that the United Nations is?

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    GV General Assembly

    SV Israeli ambassador Chaim Herzog speaking

    SV Delegates listening

    Syrian delegate Mouffak Allaf speaking

    HERZOG: "Mr. President, I refer the distinguished delegates to the two previous statements I have made in the course of this debate and can but reiterate that this resolution is part of the current attempt undertaken by the extreme elements in the Middle East and their supporters in this Assembly, to sabotage the mechanism which has been created and which has already brought about an effective move towards peace in the Middle East. Since the resolution relates to Israel it goes without saying that.....


    ...Israel as a very material side to the conflict, was not consulted at any stage and that in the traditional manner of this Assembly this resolution is one sided, biased and discrimatory."

    ALLAF: "Mr. President, one has to be ignorant or blind in order to fail to support the draft resolution in the document A/L 783. Mr. President, this draft resolution is based on the principle of the charter itself and from the instruments of international law adopted by all nations and not contested by anyone."

    Israeli delegate to the United Nations, Chaim Herzog, spoke against the adoption of a resolution condemning Israel for continued occupation of Arab territories in the General Assembly on Friday.

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    This film includes remarks made during the debate in the General Assembly by Israel's delegate, Chaim Herzog, and Syria's delegates, Mouffak Allaf, Transcripts of which appear below.

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    Background: Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Chaim Herzog, claimed that the United Nations is gradually becoming the world centre of anti-semitic prejudice. Mr. Herzog made the accusation after the adoption of a resolution condemning Israel for its continued occupation of Arab territories by the General Assembly on Friday (5 December).

    The resolution also called on all member countries to half all military or economic aid to Israel as long as it continued its occupation.

    Speaking to newsmen Mr. Herzog said that it seemed that the subject of Israel was becoming a peculiar obsession in the UN and noted that on Friday (5 December) virtually the whole day had been taken up dealing with Israel. No fewer that 10 resolutions were down, he said.

    It was utterly incredible that the UN had not had the courage to condemn terrorism, he said, yet when victims of unbridled terrorism defended themselves an almost solid phalanx rose up in denunciation.

    While the resolution was being debated by the General Assembly the 15-nation Security Council was meeting to consider a draft resolution proposed by five non-aligned members condemning Israel for raids on Lebanon last Tuesday (2 December). After only 40 minutes the Council adjourned further debate on the issue until Monday (8 December).

    Before the adjournment United States ambassador, Daniel Moynihan, hinted that the U.S. might veto the resolution and warned the Council against adopting what Mr. Moynihan called "a one sided resolution".

    He said that while the U.S. deplored the attacks it believed that all terrorist incidents should be dealt with in context and not in insolation.

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