An Odd Couple

A tiny aberration from the total hostility between Israel and Libya took place earlier this month in Milan, Italy. An Israeli diplomat was active in drafting an international diplomatic document — and a Libyan diplomat was active in having it endorsed by a United Nations agency. The event occurred at the Seventh UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders.

The Israeli delegation, together with Australia and the United States, drafted a resolution on domestic violence entitled “Victims of Crime” — and the Second Committee of the Congress, chaired by Libya, adopted the resolution unanimously. The Israeli diplomats reported back to Jerusalem on this rare chink in the bleak wall of enmity.

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