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An Object Lesson

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Nicaragua’s support of the recent Iranian proposal in the United Nations General Assembly to expel Israel from the United Nations is “an object lesson for those who wish to believe that the Sandinistas desire rapprochement with Israel,” according to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

In a statement by Abraham Foxman, ADL’s associate national director and head of its International Affairs Division, the ADL said “the test of their intentions is in their actions.”

Foxman said that by joining the Soviet and Arab bloc in their attempts to suspend Israel from the General Assembly, Nicaragua had “reaffirmed her hostility to Israel.”

The Nicaraguan action, he went on to say, exposed “the hollowness of assurances given to visiting American Jews by Nicaraguan officials that ‘the Sandinista government does not question Israel’s legitimacy’.”

The expulsion attempt failed when the UN Assembly voted 80-41 with 22 abstentions to adopt a motion by Denmark to set aside the Iranian proposal to reject Israel’s credentials, which came up for approval along with those of 126 other countries in the General Assembly.

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