INTRODUCTION: The permanent Israeli delegate to the United Nations, Yehuda Blum has criticised the President of the General Assembly, Ismat Kittani, for presiding during a debate on the Palestinian question.
GV INTERIOR General Assembly. (MUTE)
SV Israel Permanent Representative, Yehuda Blum speaking in English.
SV President of General Assembly, Ismat Kittani speaking to Israeli representative in English.
SV Blum replies.
GV General Assembly. (MUTE)
CU PLO representative Farouk Kaddoumi speaks in Arabic.
GV General Assembly. (MUTE)
CU Egyptian representative Ahmed Abdel Meguid speaks in Arabic.
CU United States representative. (MUTE)
GV Blum addressing Assembly. (2 SHOTS)
BLUM: "Mr. President, I would respectfully suggest that before deciding on the matter you may wish to consult with regard to the propriety of your conducting the business now before the Assembly. I submit that in the best interests of the office of the Presidency, the President having thus abused his office, should hand over the conduct of this item to one of the Vice-Presidents."
KITTANI: "The General Assembly is the one to judge whether I have lived up to the trust of the Assembly in electing me or not. It is not the representative of Israel who decides that on his own. And one final word: if anyone is on trial in this Assembly, especially on the time we have just begun, it is the policy of the government of Israel and not the President of General Assembly."
BLUM: "I think it is wrong for any President, any presiding officer to pass aspersions on the integrity of any member or any representative in this organisation while assuming the Presidency. This is precisely what you have just done."
BLUM: "No responsible government, whose first duty is to preserve the lives and security of its citizens, would agree to return to the totally insecure line that obtained before 1967. In the nineteen years between 1948 and 1967 thousands of Israelis were killed and wounded in three years, and the state of Israel was exposed to constant danger. To return to that situation would be suicidal."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The permanent Israeli delegate to the United Nations, Yehuda Blum has criticised the President of the General Assembly, Ismat Kittani, for presiding during a debate on the Palestinian question. During a heated session of the Assembly on Wednesday (2 December), Mr. Blum also criticised Mr. Kittani for attending last week's abortive Arab Summit in Morocco.
The Israeli delegate, opened the exchange with the Iraqi President.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman, Farouk Kaddoumi then rose to speak. He said that recent developments in the Arab world indicated that the situations was reaching a turning-point. He argued the Assembly to act promptly on resolutions it had passed in favour of the rights of the Palestinian people. In this respect, Mr. Kaddoumi wanted the matter followed up in the Security Council. He warned that if Israel was not restrained and the Palestinians' right to a grave consequences would evolve in the region.
The Egyptian permanent delegate, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid, stressed that Egypt does not want to monopolise peace efforts in the Middle East. He was referring to the Egyptian-Israeli talks which are aimed at returning the Sinai region to Egypt. So far, the talks have produced no tangible results on the Palestinian issue. Mr. Meguid said that Egypt urged a constructive dialogue between the PLO and the United States.
Later in the debate, Mr. Blum reiterated Israel's policy concerning territory occupied since 1967.