Israel Does Not Expect U.S. Veto in Security Council

Israeli political circles expressed-serious doubt about the possibility of an American veto of a possible anti-Israel Security Council resolution on the interception affair. They added, however, that in view of the failure of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism to come up with any concrete actions, the U.S. and other countries may at least exert their influence for a balanced Council resolution that will condemn countries responsible for Arab terrorism, as well as Israel’s act of interception.

Circles here expressed the view that nothing positive could be expected to emerge from the Council deliberations. “What can we expect from the Security Council?” one official asked noting Israel’s past experience in that body. The official flatly rejected the word “hijack” in connection with the plane incident. He insisted that it was an act of self defense. There were no contacts with American diplomats in Israel this weekend. All contacts were taking place in Washington and in New York.

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