Moves towards new Middle East peace initiatives continue to fluctuate at the United Nations General Assembly.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: "Mr President, as I have already said, Israel's position has become very clear. Israel will accept peace only if peace is defined as an Arab formal declaration that their territories under occupation be ceded to Israel. That the people in the occupied lands are not their concern. That the rights of the Palestinians recognised in repeated United Nations resolutions are forfeited. And that an Israeli hegemony in the area, and privileged economic and political positions is submissively recognised. What kind of peace is this? Which of you gentlemen will accept this definition in theory, let alone make in his own country appeal for its application? If what Israel wants is peace and security, then the guarantees for peace and security have been amply articulated in United Nations documents during the last four years, and in the United Nations machinery which we all respect and agree to co-operate with. But security cannot be achieved by continuous incursions into the territories of neighbours and the reliance upon a military machine devouring and feeding on rich foreign sources and increasingly becoming the idol of the Israel society and its ultimate goal. The United Nations cannot accept this concept of security. There are countries adjacent to Israel, and their own security and rights reject such concept. Mr President, doesn't the world community realise that peace and justice are indivisible? That if Israel is permitted to reap the bitter harvest of its aggression, then which country in the world apart from the superpowers could feel safe about its future and its security? These are questions, very real questions, which must be seriously pondered by people who have a stake in world peace with justice".
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Background: Moves towards new Middle East peace initiatives continue to fluctuate at the United Nations General Assembly. On Monday (October 4), the latest Israeli call for direct talks -- made by Foreign Minister Abba Eban last week -- was flatly rejected by his Jordanian counterpart, Mr Abdullah Salah.
Mr Salah was adamant that there could be no lasting understanding while Israel continued to hold territorial claims over Arab lands: