Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has accused the world community of standing by while a Christian community was threatened by Moslems in Lebanon's civil war.
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RABIN: "There is a civil war between the Moslem and Christian community in Lebanon. The christian community there is in danger of their lives. No one comes up and says this is a threat to human dignity....to security of people... to peace in the Middle East. And if I said something about the world community at the beginning of my talk, I think one of the most shameful events that no one comes up and says, it's time the organisation that's supposed to be responsible for the peace in the world should pay attention to what's going on. But there is no one who comes up and says something."
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This film includes a sound extract of Mr. Rabin's speech, a transcript of which follows below
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has accused the world community of standing by while a Christian community was threatened by Moslems in Lebanon's civil war. He was a the time addressing 250 Jewish leaders from 18 countries at an International Israel appeal meeting at the Jerusalem Hilton Hotel.
The Prime Minister said, "it is shameful for the world and especially the Vatican to keep silent in vie of he massacre of the Christian community in Lebanon by intolerant Moslems".
Mr. Rabin again stressed that "Israel will not be able to remain inactive if it is threatened by certain developments that may take place in Lebanon".
He said, "the Arabs know exactly what those developments are and I hope they will think twice before doing anything so that Israel will not lose its patience."
He referred to the present Middle East debate in the United Nations Security Council and said Israel was not expecting justice from the U.N. He called for the reconvening of the Geneva peace conference under the original mandate.
The Israeli Prime Minister's statement came on the eve of his departure on a ten-day visit to the United States aimed at restoring full harmony to Israeli-American relations which have been strained in the past year.