TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
Yosef Tekoah, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said here today that Israel will remain in the UN and continue its struggle against terrorism. Israel will not accept the situation whereby the Palestine Liberation Organization continues to gain international recognition, and will not leave the UN because the Arabs and their Soviet and other allies command a numerical majority and can pass any resolutions they want. Tekoah told reporters on his return home for consultations that there were indications that the nations of the world were awakening to the dangers of Arab terrorism aided by Arab oil wealth.
Yesterday, Defense Minister Shimon Peres, referring to remote Arab countries that have threatened to send arms and manpower to fight against Israel, said Israel took the threats seriously and would act accordingly. He specifically named Kuwait, Morocco, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, but not Iran.
They “will do it while their own countries are shielded from any danger to themselves,” Peres said at a meeting of the Labor Party moshavim group. “If anyone threatens us we shall take their threats seriously and take the threat into account,” he said. He did not elaborate but his apparent implication was that Israel would find means to strike back at remote Arab countries warring against it.