Although instigated by the vicious anti-Israeli Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the four draft resolutions were sponsored by Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malta, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The special draft resolution on Jerusalem under the caption "Situation in the Middle East", was the only draft the U.S. did not side with Israel. The UN text on this draft read: "By the terms of a draft resolution on Jerusalem (document A/51/L.30), the Assembly would determine that the decision of Israel to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem was illegal and, therefore, null and void and without validity. It would also deplore the transfer by some states of their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem in violation of Security Council resolution 478 (1980), and their refusal to comply with the provisions of that resolution. The Assembly would once more call upon those states to abide by the provisions of the relevant UN resolutions, in conformity with the Charter of the UN."
The UN press release, dated 4 November, reported on the four resolutions as follows:
He said the U.S. urged support for the activities of other UN bodies - such as the Special Coordinator, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), or the UN Development Program (UNDP) - which directly benefitted the Palestinian people. The resolution on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine injected the Assembly into issues which were under direct negotiations between the parties. That was both inappropriate and unhelpful. The U.S. had, therefore, voted against the four texts.
The Representative of Turkey, A Mr. Tuluy Tanc, appeared to be the only one who raised the issue of terrorism, reminding the enemies of Israel that there was another vital issue involved in connection with the Palestine question. Declared he: "Although Turkey supported the draft resolution on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, that text did not reflect all the obstacles on the road to lasting peace and stability in the Middle East. One of the fundamental threats to the peace process was terrorism. There was an urgent need for countries which had lent their support to terrorism to immediately stop that unlawful practice and refrain from using terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy."
Since the four pro-PLO, pro-Arab and pro-Islamic resolutions were based on the several out-moded "Rights of the Palestinians" Committees which dominate the annual Assembly debates year in and year out. Ms. Yael Rubinstein, speaking on behalf of Israel, let the Assembly know that: "Israel had opposed the existence of those bodies since their inception. They had obstructed dialogue and understanding through a one-side and distorted portrayal of the Arab-Israeli conflict. They stood in contradiction to the very principles upon which the peace process was based. They also expended valuable resources which should be devoted to more constructive activities, such as supporting social and economic development that would benefit Palestinians."
She said that "the draft resolution on DPI asked that Department disseminate information on all activities of the UN system relating to the question of Palestine. That, too, was a needless expenditure of valuable resources which could be put to better use."
The battle that began in Biblical days continues! But with Netanyahu as Prime Minister, and Israel remaining faithful, the promises of Hashem will prevail!
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