UNITED NATIONS (Aug. 31)
In an unprecedented move, Chaim Herzog, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, requested in a letter to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim today that the UN circulate as a document the statement adopted last week by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council which met in Damascus and the Council’s 15-point program adopted last March.
In both documents the terrorist organization took uncompromising positions toward Israel’s right to exist. In its latest statement, the PLO again rejected UN Security Council Resolution 242 and called for “increasing our continuous armed struggle against Zionist occupation.”
The surprise Israeli move was described by Israeli diplomats here as an attempt to expose and nail down extremist PLO positions. The PLO, according to the diplomats, tries to project a moderate image by playing down its own bellicose resolutions. In his letter, Herzog requested that the PLO statements be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly.