WASHINGTON (Jul. 21)
Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta, Georgia termed Israel’s invasion of Lebanon “uncalled” for and unjustified and warned that military action in that country would not destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The former Ambassador to the United Nations, who resigned in 1979 following criticism of his unauthorized contacts with the PLO observer of the UN, told reporters, after addressing the annual meeting of the Home-based Society for International Development, that the PLO “Is not just an organization, it is an idea like Zionism and can’t be destroyed by killing off a few people.”
Young accused the Reagan Administration of having a muddled Middle East policy. “Both Israel and this Administration have created such a mess in the Middle East that it is almost difficult to comment on it,” he said.