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    MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE KNESSET.



    FIRST OF ALL, I SHOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS FROM THIS ROSTRUM OUR PROFOUND APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS, JEWS AND NON-JEWS. WHO YESTERDAY, AT THE UNITED NATIONS PLAZA IN NEW YORK. DEMONSTRATED THEIR SOLIDARITY AND SYMPATHY WITH THE STATE OF ISRAEL. PROTESTING AGAINST THE U.N. ASSEMBLY'S DECISION TO INVITE THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DELIBERATIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THIS WAS A POWERFUL DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND ITS STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL AGAINST ITS ATTACKERS.



    THIS MASS DEMONSTRATION GAVE VIVID EXPRESSION TO THE DETERMINED STAND. NOT ONLY OF THE DEMONSTRATORS, BUT OF MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT PREPARED TO TOLERATE * DECISION, WHICH IS VOID OF ALL MORAL FORCE, EVEN IF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF 105 STATES VOTED IN ITS FAVOUR AS AGAINST THE OPPOSITION OF FOUR: THE U.S., BOLIVIA, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND ISRAEL. THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL APPRECIATE THE STAND OF THESE COUNTRIES, HEADED BY THE UNITED STATES, AS AN EXPRESSION OF THE FRIENDSHIP AND TRUE CONCERN FOR PEACE IN OUR REGION.



    AT A TIME CHARACTERIZED BY FEAR AND DEFEATISM IN THE FACE OF OIL BLACKMAIL, WE MAY DRAW ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE AWAKENING OF THE MASSES WHO DEMONSTRATED IN NEW YORK, AND SEE IT AS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME.



    THE IRRESPONSIBLE DECISION OF THE U.N. ASSEMBLY UNDOUBTEDLY GAVE ADDED MOMENTUM TO THE RABAT CONFERENCE AND HELPED TO HARDEN THE POSITION OF THE ARAB STATES. THE RABAT CONFERENCE MAY HAVE ADOPTED SOME DECISIONS OF WHICH WE ARE NOT YET AWARE. BUT THE DECISIONS ON THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED, AND THEY ARE CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS. HERE ARE THE DECISIONS WORD FOR WORD, AND I QUOTE???



    "THE CONFERENCE:-



    "A) AFFIRMS THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO ITS HOMELAND AND ITS RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION.



    "B) AFFIRMS THE RIGHT OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE TO SET UP AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL AUTHORITY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PLO, AS THE SOLE LEGITIMATE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, ON ANY LIBERATED PALESTINIAN LAND. THE ARAB COUNTRIES WILL SUPPORT SUCH AN AUTHORITY ONCE IT IS ESTABLISHED IN ALL SPHERES.



    "C) SUPPORT FOR THE PLO IN EXERCISING ITS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF ARAB COMMITMENTS."



    "D) CALLS UPON THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN, SYRIA AND THE PLO TO OUTLINE A JOINT FORMULA FOR THE COORDINATION OF THEIR RELATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF THESE DECISIONS. AND FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION.



    "E) ALL THE ARAB COUNTRIES UNDERTAKE TO CONSOLIDATE THE NATIONAL PALESTINIAN UNITY AND AVOID INTERVENTION IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF THE PALESTINIAN ACTION."



    THE MEANING OF THESE RESOLUTIONS IS CLEAR. THE RABAT CONFERENCE DECIDED TO CHARGE THE ORGANIZATIONS OF MURDERERS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PALESTINIAN STATE, AND THE ARAB COUNTRIES GAVE THE ORGANIZATIONS OF FREE HAND TO DECIDE ON THEIR MODE OF OPERATIONS. THE ARAB COUNTRIES THEMSELVES WILL REFRAIN. AS STATED IN THE RESOLUTION. FROM INTERVENING IN THE "INTERNAL AFFAIRS" OF THIS ACTION.



    WE ARE NOT FULLY AWARE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOURTH RESOLUTION, WHICH REFERS TO "OUTLINING A FORMULA" FOR THE COORDINATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN JORDAN, SYRIA, EGYPT AND THE PLO. IT IS BY NO MEANS IMPOSSIBLE THAT IT IS ALSO INTENDED TO BRING ABOUT CLOSER MILITARY RELATIONS BETWEEN THEM.



    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS IS EXTREMELY GRAVE. THE AIM OF THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS IS WELL-KNOWN AND CLEAR. THE PALESTINE NATIONAL COVENANT SPEAKS BLUNTLY AND OPENLY ABOUT THE LIQUIDATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL BY MEANS OF ARMED STRUGGLE, AND THE ARAB STATES COMMITTED THEMSELVES AT RABAT TO SUPPORT THIS STRUGGLE. ANY ATTEMPT TO IMPLEMENT THEM WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AT LEAST ATTEMPTS TO CARRY OUT TERRORIST OPERATIONS ON A LARGER SCALE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ARAB COUNTRIES.



    THE DECISIONS OF THE RABAT CONFERENCE ARE MERELY A CONTINUATION OF THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT KHARTOUM. ONLY, FURTHER TO THE "NOES" OF KHARTOUM, THE ROOF ORGANISATION OF THE TERRORISTS HAS ATTAINED THE STATUS CONFERRED UPON IT BY THE PRESIDENT AND KINGS AT RABAT. THROUGHOUT THIS CONFERENCE NOT A VOICE WAS RAISED EXPRESSING READINESS FOR PEACE. THE RECURRING THEME OF THIS CONFERENCE WAS THE ASPIRATION TO DESTROY A MEMBER-STATE OF THE UNITED NATIONS. THE CONTENT OF THIS GATHERING HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER IN COMMON WITH SOCIAL PROGRESS OR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HUMANITY AMONG THE ARAB NATIONS OR IN THE RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLES IN THE REGION AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.



    THERE IS NO INDICATION OF ANY DEVIATION FROM THE GOAL AND POLICY OF THE TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS. SO LET US NOT DELUDE OURSELVES ON THIS SCORE. THE TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS HAD NO SUCCESSES IN THE ADMINISTERED TERRITORIES. BUT THE SUCCESSES THEY ACHIEVED AT THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND AT RABAT ARE ENCOURAGING THEM TO BELIEVE THAT THE TARGETS THEY HAD SO CONFIDENTLY SET THEMSELVES ARE NOW WITHIN REACH.



    MEMBERS OF THE KNESSET.



    THE POLICY LAID DOWN IN KHARTOUM AND RABAT SHALL NOT BE EXECUTED. WE HAVE THE POWER TO PREVENT ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THE POSITION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL IN THE FACE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS OF THE RABAT CONFERENCE IS UNEQUIVOCAL:



    AL???H A) THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL CATEGORICALLY REJECTS THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE RABAT CONFERENCE. WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO DISRUPT ANY PROGRESS TOWARDS PEACE. TO ENCOURAGE THE TERRORIST ELEMENTS. AND TO FOIL ANY STEP WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE WITH ISRAEL.



    BETH B) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE KNESSET'S RESOLUTIONS. THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL WILL NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE AVOWED POLICY IS TO STRIVE FOR ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION AND WHOSE METHOD IS TERRORIST VIOLENCE.



    GINNEL C) WE WARN THE ARAB LEADERS AGAINST MAKING THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THAT THREATS OR EVEN THE ACTIVE EMPLOYMENT OF THE WEAPON OF VIOLENCE OR OF MILITARY FORCE WILL LEAD TO A POLITICAL SOLUTION. THIS IS A DANGEROUS ILLUSION. THE AIMS OF THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL CHARTER WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED. EITHER BY TERRORIST ACTS OR BY LIMITED OR TOTAL WARFARE.



    THE RABAT CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS DO NOT JUSTIFY THE ADOPTION OF OTHER RESOLUTIONS. AND MERELY ADO FORCE TO OUR DETERMINATION, TO ANYONE WHO RECOMMENDS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT THERE IS NO BASIS FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. IT DOES NOT ENTER OUR MINDS TO NEGOTIATE WITH A BODY THAT DENIES OUR EXISTENCE AS A STATE. AND FOLLOWS A COURSE OF VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR STATE.




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    Film ID:
    VLVABFGWEJDE9JBKC4G5DN3FU7VSO
    Media URN:
    VLVABFGWEJDE9JBKC4G5DN3FU7VSO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:19:00
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    N/A

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