On the second day of the United Nations General Assembly debate on the Middle East on Tuesday (2 December), Israeli Ambassador Mr.
On the second day of the United Nations General Assembly debate on the Middle East on Tuesday (2 December), Israeli Ambassador Mr. Chaim Herzog reiterated Israel's willingness to negotiate for peace in the region at any time.
He warned, however, that the talks could only take place on the basis of recognition of Israel's sovereign rights. "We will not negotiate our own suicide", he said.
Calling on Arab nations to join with Israel in the search for a peace solution, he appealed for an end to the bitterness and invective he said had marked recent United Nations debates on the Issue.
Last month, the General Assembly carried a joint Arab-Third World resolution describing Zionism as a form a racism. The debate proved to be one of the most highly-charged in United Nations memory, and the vote was strongly condemned by both Israel and the United States.
Israel has also refused to take part in next January's full Security Council debate on the Middle East, which the Palestine Liberation Organisation is expected to be invited to attend. Announcing the decision on Monday, the Israeli government echoed Mr. Herzog's criticism of Sunday's vote calling for the debate as a "surrender to Syrian blackmail and Soviet dictates".