UNITED NATIONS (Jan. 14)
Israel charged in a letter to the President of the Security Council today that the seating of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the Security Council’s Middle East debate with the full rights of a member state was “in flagrant contravention of the Charter of the United Nations” and is “clearly contrary to the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter.
The letter from Israel’s UN Ambassador Chaim Herzog to this month’s President of the Security Council, Salim Ahmed Salim of Tanzania cited the PLO’s “Covenant” which calls for the elimination of Israel, a member state of the UN. Herzog’s letter contained excerpts from the “Covenant” and quoted various PLO statements of intent to destroy Israel. Herzog requested his letter be circulated as an official document of the Security Council.