UNITED NATIONS (Nov. 14)
The General Assembly opened its debate today on South Africa’s apartheid policy during which Israel’s relations with Pretoria are to be singled out in two resolutions. The resolutions are part of a series of 14 resolutions deploring the apartheid policy and calling for strict measures to fight them.
Unlike the resolutions of the Security Council–which recently adopted a resolution banning all United Nations members from selling arms to South Africa–General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding.
Chaim Herzog, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN is scheduled to address the Assembly Wednesday. According to an Israeli diplomat, Herzog will “expose the hypocrisy” of the UN which, under Arab pressure, singles out Israel’s relations with South Africa. The debate is expected to continue until the end of the week. Similar anti-Israeli resolutions were adopted in previous General Assembly debates on the question of South African apartheid.
Following this debate the Assembly will take up the issue of the Middle East, a debate which is expected to include several anti-Israel resolutions.