UNITED NATIONS (May. 15)
Israel charged today that the recent censure of Israel by the Security Council encouraged terrorist attacks such as today’s. “The Security Council resolution on the Kiryat Shemona massacre has only encouraged the Palestinian terrorists,” Israeli UN delegation spokesman, Yaakov Morris, declared. “The release of terrorists by various governments has established separate standards for Arab terrorist murders.”
Meanwhile, Secretary General Kurt Waldheim expressed shock by the Maalot outrage in a telephone call this morning to Israeli UN Ambassador Jacob Doron and said he hoped today’s events would not endanger the current efforts for peace in the Middle East.
An official statement by Waldheim released by a UN spokesman said: “I was deeply shocked at the news of the terrorist action at Maalot….Such violent actions are to be condemned whatever their motivations, especially when they involve innocent persons, including children. Coming at this crucial point in the search for a just and lasting peace in the area, they assume another dimension. I can only express my earnest hope that all the forces for peace which have been at work in recent months will not be diverted from their course by such actions.”