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