UNITED NATIONS (Nov. 12)
While Iraq is attacking Israel for the June 1981 destruction of its nuclear facilities, Iraq itself recently bombed a nuclear power plant in Iran, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations has charged.
Addressing the General Assembly last Thursday, in the debate on the “Armed Israeli Aggression Against the Iraqi Nuclear Installation,” Netanyahu, noting that this is the fourth consecutive debate on the Iraqi complaint, cited the Iranian complaint charging that Iraq’s missiles attacked on March 24 Iran’s nuclear power plant in Bushehr.
The Israeli envoy noted that Iraq, which complains that Israel violated international law by attacking its nuclear facilities, has been repeatedly violating international law. He said that Iraq uses chemical warfare in its war with Iran and that it has been “happily bombing neutral shipping in the Gulf. It has killed and wounded countless innocent seamen from a dozen countries, countries having nothing to do with the Iran-Iraq war.”
The Ambassador added: “I raise these matters because a dose of reality may provide a salutary shock, even here, and even to the representatives of Iraq. But I must also declare my sorrow that yet again, so much important work (at the UN) had to be derailed because Iraq insists on indulging one of its most cherished obsessions.”
The General Assembly decided Friday to postpone a vote on an Iraqi resolution condemning Israel until a later date.