United Nations Report: U.S. and Israel Seek to Forestall General Assembly Condemnation

By Williams, Ian | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October 31, 1993 | Go to article overview

United Nations Report: U.S. and Israel Seek to Forestall General Assembly Condemnation


Williams, Ian, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


United Nations Report: U.S. and Israel Seek to Forestall General Assembly Condemnation

As readers open this issue of the Washington Report, the United Nations General Assembly will be opening its 48th session in New York. Many of the resolutions will be the old and predictable ones, but if the Clinton administration has its way, there will be fewer resolutions concerning Israel. The American and Israeli missions to the U.N. have drawn up a joint list of issues upon which they hope to defer discussion or block General Assembly resolutions in this session. On the list are Israeli nuclear weapons, the intifada, the Golan Heights, relations between Israel and South Africa, and Israeli violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention and of Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories.

It is likely that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's declared intention of making a quarter of a million Lebanese and Palestinians quit their homes during the recent attack on south Lebanon also will be placed on the U.S.-Israeli list for non-discussion in the General Assembly. But, then, it was not discussed in the Security Council either.

The only resolution passed that was remotely relevant to Lebanon was to renew the mandate for the UNIFIL peacekeeping forces. Lebanon asked for a Security Council meeting to discuss the Israeli attack, but then backed off under pressure from the U.S. As U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Madeleine Albright told the Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in July, the U.S. would "continue to stand by Israel."

So, instead of condemning a clear breach of international law, the Security Council simply issued a presidential statement, attached to the UNIFIL renewal, which asserted that "any state shall refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations." Partially redeeming the U.N.'s reputation, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali himself named the perpetrator when he condemned the "incessant Israeli attacks despite previous appeals for restraint" and insisted that the "policy of forcing people to abandon their homes must be stopped forthwith."

The Washington Report spoke to Lebanese Ambassador to the U.N. Dr. Khalil Makkawi about the tragic events and found him at least as forthright as the secretary-general. Ambassador Makkawi explained that he had suspended his call for a Security Council meeting on instructions from Beirut, "because we knew from past experience that it is one thing to ask for a council meeting, and another thing to come out with a resolution or a statement from it. So we thought from the good offices of certain major powers we could get a result."

However, he still thinks that the Israeli attack on his small country was indeed a U.N. responsibility. Comparing the assault with the 1982 invasion, he said, "It is unbelievable, the audacity of the Israeli prime minister telling our people to leave, threatening otherwise that they might be killed. In effect, he executed a scorched-earth policy."

He also put the lack of an Arab League resolution in context. "You know the Americans always, when you bring any issue concerning Israel to the Security Council, object on the pretext that this will hinder or obstruct the peace process--which is not true," he complained. "They have done it many times, but it has increased Israel's appetite for more aggression. On the contrary, if the Security Council were to pronounce itself in the strongest manner against the behavior of Israel it might make Israel think twice before embarking on such steps."

Turning from American evasions to Israeli invasions, the Lebanese envoy was scathing. "It has been proven futile, counterproductive and does not help the peace process. They pretend that they were waging this war on Hezbollah, when the facts prove that this was war on Lebanon and the civilian population. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • A full archive of books and articles related to this one
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

United Nations Report: U.S. and Israel Seek to Forestall General Assembly Condemnation
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.