Israel soon may find itself under attack again from the Security Council, if it accepts a request for a formal meeting on Israel’s recent deportation of four Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.
The 15-member council was holding informal consultations Thursday on the deportations, but they were not expected to reach a decision by the end of the day.
Israel’s deportation on May 18 of the four Palestinians immediately drew the criticism of both the United States and U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.
Israeli officials have said that the four, who were flown to the Israel-controlled security zone in southern Lebanon, were senior members of a terrorist organization and had been jailed numerous times for violent acts.
The Palestine Liberation Organization’s U.N. observer has sent a letter to Perez de Cuellar asking that Israel “ensure the safe and immediate return of all those expelled Palestinians.”
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