UNITED NATIONS (Nov. 15)
Israel reiterated today its charge that the report by the 20-member Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is “nothing but a prescription for the dismantling of the State of Israel in stages.” The Israeli statement came as the General Assembly prepared to begin this afternoon its discussion of the report which is expected to be stormy and acrimonious.
The statement issued by the Israeli UN Mission said that the committee’s report is simply “a recasting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s statements before the committee.” Noting that 16 of the 20 members of the committee did not have diplomatic relations with Israel and that “some of them even deny Israel’s right to exist,” the statement declared:
“The recommendations conflict with Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, and are designed to bypass these resolutions which form the only agreed basis for the solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict in all its aspects including the question of the Palestinian Arabs.”
IN KEEPING WITH PLO’S AIMS
The committee’s report, which calls on Israel to evacuate from all occupied territory by June, 1977 and advocates the establishment of a Palestinian state under PLO aegis was rejected by the Security Council a few months ago when the United States vetoed it.
“The report’s recommendations of the mass return of Arab refugees,” the Israeli statement added, “and the creation of a Palestinian ‘entity’ are wholly in keeping with the PLO’s declared aims, and as such are a barely disguised formula for the dismemberment of Israel.”
The Israeli statement warned that the report is an attempt by the Arabs “to dictate a solution of the Israel-Arab conflict and to reject any form of negotiations between the states party to the conflict.” The representatives of Egypt and the PLO are scheduled to address today’s session. Israel will be addressing the Assembly later this week.