UNITED NATIONS (Aug. 25)
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir of Israel will arrive in New York at the end of next month to attend the 37th session of the UN General Assembly, the JTA has learned. Shamir is scheduled to address the Assembly on September 30, two days after his arrival here.
During his visit in New York, Shamir is expected to meet with various delegates and Foreign Ministers who will be here for the Assembly session, which officially opens September 21.
Diplomats at the UN predicted today that Israel is going to face a “very tough” campaign against it, even tougher than in previous years in view of the war in Lebanon and the continuing occupation of part of Lebanon by Israeli forces. In that context, diplomats said, the Arabs are probably going to demand the suspension of Israel’s credentials to the Assembly and would press for Security Council meetings to seek sanctions against Israel.
According to some diplomats, the Arab anti Israeli offensive at the UN this fall will be even more “ferocious” than in the past because the Arab countries will want to cover up for their failure to assist the PLO in its war with Israel in Lebanon. “It is not unlikely that even Iran and Iraq, which are currently at war, would join forces together to attack Israel at the UN,” one diplomat noted.